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Future Foresters of NZ raise the profile of the industry

A group of young foresters is working to raise the profile of their industry and provide support for those looking to develop careers in the sector. The Future Foresters group grew out of the NZ Institute of Forestry conference last September and has got off to a strong start, with so
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Te Wera forest agreements secure growth for Taranaki

China Forestry Group NZ (CFGNZ) is again backing local wood processing with a ground-breaking agreement on harvesting and processing wood from Taranaki’s largest forest. China Forestry Group NZ and Taranakipine sawmill in New Plymouth have signed a supply agreement that supports long
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Yamaha invests again in robotics for forestry

Yamaha Motor Company has made a second investment into a world-leading agricultural automation and robotics innovator in New Zealand, bringing its total investment to US$10M. Robotics Plus, a New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company, announced a US$8M investment from Y
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Wairarapa forestry needs better rail

Those with “skin in the game” say the Wairarapa forestry industry in New Zealand can continue to grow, but only if rail infrastructure expands with it and employment training is better supported by the Government. More than five years since the Wairarapa-based logging and trucking com
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Gough Cat NZ to distribute Weiler products

Gough Cat New Zealand has announced an agreement with United States company Weiler to distribute its forestry product line in New Zealand. The products complement the Caterpillar forest machines that the company will continue to offer according to Gough Cat Executive General Manager C
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Study shows NZ redwood matches US redwood

Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) has the potential to be a high-value timber crop. Its timber is attractive and its high stability and natural durability make it ideal for outdoor uses. There is strong local and international market for naturally durable timber that does not requi
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Kauri exports swamped by Supreme Court decision

New Zealand’s Supreme Court has ruled it is unlawful to export slabs of kauri as tabletops. For years, the Ministry for Primary Industries has allowed the controversial exports, maintaining they met the definition of finished or manufactured objects set out in the Forests Act. Source:
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Scion’s fire research now accessible

All of Scion’s rural fire research is now in one easy-to-find place with a new website initiated by Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team to make their work more accessible. Source: Timberbiz This new website will aid the rural fire fighting community in New Zealand, as well as their wide
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Farm forestry an act of ‘mild desperation’

A proposal for large scale tree planting on sheep and beef farms is an act of “mild desperation” by government officials looking for ways to achieve its carbon zero goal by 2050, says an industry spokesman. Source: Stuff NZ New Zealand sheep and beef farmers say their indu
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Project to plant nearly 250,000 trees underway

Two projects aiming to plant 247,000 native trees and develop skills and employment, as part of the One Billion Trees program, were announced by New Zealand Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. Source: Timberbiz The Provincial Grow
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