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Forestry death inquests in NZ

The family of a Rotorua man killed in a forestry accident found out about his death by text message, an inquest has been told. Source: Radio New Zealand Robert Epapara, 23, died after he was crushed by a tree in the Waione Forest, near Rotorua, in March 2013. His stepfather, Wiremu Ed
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NZ log prices at a high

New Zealand export log prices have risen to a nine-month high as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand in the nation’s largest market. Source: NZ City Local returns were also bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs. The average wharf gate price for
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International safety specialists focus on forestry

The Forest Industry Engineering Association’s flagship Forest Industry Safety Summit conference series will be extended to include Australia in March this year. The event sold out in November 2013. Source: Timberbiz It will run at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua on 3-4 March an
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NZ gains forest certification through NZFCA

New Zealand has become a PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification) member allowing forest growers to gain visibility under one of the world’s leading forest certification systems. Source: Timberbiz “We are delighted to be accepted into membership of PEFC and to represen
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Logging Trucks Stir Up Locals

New Zealand Northlanders are so fed up about the state of their local roads they’ve taken their plight to the Prime Minister. The residents of Pipiwai, near Whangarei, say dust whipped up by logging trucks is making them sick as well as making driving dangerous. Source: TVNZ Fif
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Falling fuel prices lift log exports

Prices and demand for New Zealand’s main forestry export, raw logs, fell during the year when China put the brakes on the trade. Source: Radio New Zealand There had been little change in market conditions in China, but foresters were getting a bit more for their logs at the whar
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Mangorei Sawmills fined $30,000 for accident

A New Plymouth New Zealand contractor has been fined NZ$30,000 after an employee rolled a digger down a hill and ended up on ACC for a year. Sources: Stuff NZ, Taranaki Daily News Mangorei Sawmills Ltd (MSL) was sentenced in New Plymouth District Court after pleading guilty to a charg
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Hart mill now in Japanese hands

Graeme Hart’s pulp and paper mill in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in New Zealand is now in the hands of a Japanese company. Source: Sun Live Oji Holding purchased the Hart-owned Carter Holt Harvey in April 2014 for NZ$1.037 billion. The pulp and paper mill sold for just over a NZ$1
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Rimu salvage underway in NZ

Helicopters have started salvaging some of the native timber blown over by Cyclone Ita on the West Coast of New Zealand in April. Source: 3News The storm destroyed thousands of hectares of forest, and over the summer hundreds of valuable rimu logs are being recovered from bush land ne
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NZ log prices remain on the rise

New Zealand export log prices have advanced for a fifth month as a decline in shipping costs bolstered local returns and offset weak prices from China, the country’s largest market. Source: AAP The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $NZ101 ($A94) a ton
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