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NZ to draw the line on raw log exports

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has a blunt message for foreign investors that they will no longer be given free rein to export raw logs. Mr Jones was in China and Japan encouraging more investment in forestry once changes to the Overseas Investment Act come into force next month. But h
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Renewable diesel opportunity in New Zealand

Most people in New Zealand are not aware that technology has been commercialised in the United States for the production of fully drop-in renewable diesel made from cellulosic feedstocks. Source: Timberbiz This renewable diesel is a direct substitute for mineral diesel and meets all o
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ForestTECH 2018 becomes a virtual reality

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are no longer just for gamers and tech demos. Even now, they’re becoming an important tool for big business. Most sectors see real benefits in utilising virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Source: Timberbiz, ForestTECH The forestry i
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New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design award winners

Innovative and outstanding were words to describe the not only the winners of this year’s New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design awards but all the entries received. However, there is only one winner and this year the Resene Supreme Award went to the He Tohu Document Centre in the Nati
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NZ program to train young workers

The New Zealand forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the imminent start of the Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Program. Source: Timberbiz Siobhain Fyall has been appointed program manager and the first course is set to start
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South Korea new requirements for compliance

South Korea, one of the world’s largest importers of timber and woodbased products, has announced changes to its ‘Act on the Sustainable Use of Wood’ as it continues to enforce rigorous compliance against illegal logging. Source: Timberbiz About 84% of the country’s demand for wood is
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NZ delegation to China – the case for more investment

The largest ever New Zealand forest industry delegation to China’s showcase Global Wood Trade Conference has made the case for more investment in New Zealand forestry and timber processing. Source: Timberbiz Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir told delegates at Chong
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Almost $6m to plant 4574 trees in NZ

Funding of NZ$5.9 million will be given to landowners nationwide to plant 4574 hectares of trees under Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand’s) Afforestation Grants Scheme (AGS). Source: Timberbiz Eighty-three applications were approved in the 2018 round, with 2788 hectares being
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OFO to buy Manuka Island estate

Australian forestry company OneFortyOne (OFO) has announced its intention to purchase the Manuka Island forest estate in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim, New Zealand. The proposed purchase is now being reviewed by the Overseas Investment Office. Source: Timberbiz The Manuka Island est
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ForestX on foreign investment in NZ

As the Government considers various foreign investor applications in the forest and wood processing sectors what should it be looking for? More than anything it should be looking for the opportunity to bring improved management into the industry and joint ventures with local parties a
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