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Investment and Returns

Videos:

  • Trees on Farms Videos: Returns from Harvesting
    Farmers talk about their recent experiences (around 2011) in harvesting small blocks of Radiata pine that were planted for erosion control, or on marginal land. Their income ranged from $15-50,000…

Member video's that include returns from trees on farms:

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Retirement and Succession

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Insurance

Treegrower articles:

  • Risk management and insurance
    Keith Hales, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. This is the first of a two part series of articles on risk management and insurance. The next article will address insurance, but before…
  • Forestry insurance - the next steps
    Keith Hales, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. The risk management article in the February issue of Tree Grower discussed the basics of managing risk. What was said there can be…

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Legal and Tax

Treegrower articles:

  • Forestry with lifestyle
    Murray Downs, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2006. Some business and tax advice for new owners seeking to combine forestry with lifestyle benefits. To be eligible for tax deductions on your…
  • Death, your forest and taxes
    Murray Downs, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006. Two accountants are in a bank when armed robbers burst in. While several of the robbers take money from the tellers, others line…
  • Business and environment friendly tax changes
    Ian Cairns, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. Farm foresters could benefit from recently announced tax changes. These changes are designed to encourage environmental expenditure and site restoration, such as riparian…
  • Are you in the business of forestry?
    Murray Downs, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. As a farm forester, what tree tax deductions are you entitled to? It all depends whether you are a lifestyler, investor, farmer or…
  • Loss attributing qualifying companies: Perks and your checklist for quirks
    Murray Downs, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. From a purist’s tax perspective, using a loss attributing qualifying company (LAQC) to own your forest is a real perk. And the government…
  • Buying or selling land with standing timber
    Murray Downs, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. When selling or buying property, there are two elements to consider with regard to standing timber – Will it be taxable? How is…
  • No. 15 Taxation of forestry
    NZFFA Information leaflet No. 15 (2005). Over the past couple of decades, a number of different regimes have provided for the taxation of forestry ventures. The following provides an overview of…

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Land Tenure

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Information leaflets

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Headlines

  • Federated Farmers back FOA on Local Government charges for NES inspections July 2017
    Federated Farmers, representing the owners of what they estimate is 274,292 hectares of forests on farmland in New Zealand, have backed FOA objections to proposed local government charges for monitoring…
  • Budget fails to plan for forest future May 2017
    Forest Owners Association President Peter Clark says the Budget is money for urban New Zealanders’ immediate concerns, and he says it fails to provide and prepare for the scale of…
  • New Zealand forest industry important nationally, regionally and environmentally – NZIER Report March 2017
    A report on the plantation forest industry has highlighted its value to national and regional economies, as well as forestry's beneficial effect on New Zealand's ecology. The NZIER Report was…
  • New forestry leader April 2016
    Peter Clark, the chief executive officer of PF Olsen Ltd, has been elected president of the Forest Owners Association (FOA). He replaces retiring president Paul Nicholls. George Asher, chief executive…
  • Afforestation, Taxation, and the Paris Climate Talks December 2015
    The Paris climate deal is likely to focus Government’s attention on making the Emission Trading Scheme work to accelerate the national rate that land is afforested, either as new planting…
  • Understanding more about the New Zealand small block estate October 2015
    Scion wants to get in touch with small block owners to improve the state of knowledge regarding the size, condition and future of the woodlots around New Zealand Scion has…
  • Council forestry rules a mishmash September 2015
    A forest owners’ spokesman says council rules for forestry are a mishmash which vary from district to district without good cause. Often they are also more stringent for forests than…
  • National Environmental Standard –Plantation Forestry June 2015
    The NZ Farm Forestry Association is heartened to see that the proposed NES for Plantation Forestry was released for public consultation in Rotorua yesterday by the Dr Nick Smith, Minister…
  • Wood Council: Emission targets should be fair and include agriculture June 2015
    The forest and wood processing industries have urged the government to set a credible emissions target and to implement it fairly. Emission targets need to be fair and credible. “The…
  • Afforestation Grant Scheme 2015 May 2015
    The refreshed Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) will be open for applications from 27 May and close 30 June 2015. Grants are for people or organisations wanting to plant new forests.…
  • Forest planting scheme hints at potential in trees May 2015
    Forest owners welcome the reboot of the popular Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) announced yesterday by associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew. Forest owners welcome the reboot of the popular Afforestation…
  • What science is the forest levy providing farm foresters? April 2015
    Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Research Programme: At the recent GCFF conference a wide array of results with direct relevance to farm foresters were presented by the scientists working…
  • Structural properties of specialty timbers and the Building Code March 2015
    Farm Forestry Timbers Society and NZFFA with support from AGMARDT have tested the characteristic stresses of five specialty timber species to meet the requirements of the NZ building code for…
  • Forest grant scheme will help control erosion August 2014
    Forest owners say the government’s decision to reinstate the Afforestation Grant Scheme will be welcomed by farmers and regional councils fighting soil erosion in steep hill country. “In the five…
  • A small $ drop in the forestry bucket August 2014
    National’s Forestry Spokesperson, Jo Goodhew, has today announced a re-elected National-led Government will invest $22.5 million over five years to further encourage and support the planting of new forests. 29…
  • Forest owners welcome Labour's climate initiatives August 2014
    Labour’s proposal to set up an independent Climate Commission to advise the government on how to meet its emissions targets has been welcomed by the Forest Owners Association. “It will…
  • Forest owners support changes to erosion control scheme July 2014
    The Forest Owners Association welcomes government changes to the scheme that funds erosion control initiatives on the East Coast. “Forestry and allowing reversion to native cover are both effective at…
  • Vital investment tool developed for wood processors June 2013
    A major study report released by the Wood Council highlights the need for by-products from established industries like sawmilling if New Zealand is to develop profitable businesses based on emerging…
  • VOTING OPENS IN FOREST REFERENDUM February 2013
    Polls in the Forest Voice referendum will be open from 1-29 March, a week longer than originally intended. The organisers, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, say this will make voting…
  • International Year of the Forest Seminar on forestry organizational reform July 2011
    More than half a million hectares, which was afforested in New Zealand during the planting boom of the 1990s, and owned by 15,000 small scale forest proprietors, will be ready…
  • National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry September 2010
    The Government is proposing a National Environmental Standard (as regulations under the Resource Management Act 1991) for plantation forestry. The intent is to improve national consistency in local authority plan…
  • Illegal Logging Imports Must Stop August 2008
    Environmental and forestry groups today called upon the government to urgently toughen up regulations to stop products from illegally logged forests being imported or used in New Zealand. They also…

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