You are here: Home» Article archive» Biosecurity and Forestry

NZFFA Media Release, July 2009.

Tenco logo
About Tenco
Tenco is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters of forest products. We have built to this position since 1991 when the company was set up to export lumber to growing Asian export markets.  Experience and reputation count; from small beginnings Tenco has become the largest independent exporter of New Zealand lumber and New Zealand’s 4th largest log exporter.  Tenco has a regular shipping program of their own log vessels and in combination with these and other ships currently calls  at 7 New Zealand ports (5 North Island and 2 South Island).
Tenco buys standing forests. Tenco regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time. A deal with Tenco is a certain transaction. The owner and Tenco will agree on a value of the tree crop and then Tenco will pay this amount to the owner either in a lump sum amount or on rate per volume unit out-turn from the forest depending on the nature of the tree crop.

Tenco is actively interested in buying harvestable forests or trees from areas including all the North Island (except the Gisborne and East Coast districts) and Nelson & Marlborough in the South Island .
If you own a forest in this area (16 years and older) and are ready to enter into this kind of agreement Tenco is interested to develop something with you.
Please contact: 
Work: +64 7 357 5356  Mobile:  +64 21 921 595

Biosecurity and Forestry

The proposed industry co-funding approach to biosecurity, especially for incursion response measures, poses some special problems for many forest growers. While the mainstream radiata pine and Douglas fir growers generally do a good job of monitoring forest health and responding to issues, responding to incursions poses a huge burden for growers of alternative species.

The following points need to be recognised:

1. There are real advantages in having a diverse plantation forestry estate in New Zealand, both environmental and economic. We still import large volumes of specialty timbers, especially western red cedar, kwila and various other hardwoods. Most of these timber resources are under considerable pressure; many are being unsustainably harvested and it is believed that a significant portion of imported kwila is from illegal sources. This is likely to positively influence the economic competitiveness and motivation for growing specialty timbers in New Zealand.
NZFFA have plenty of evidence that high value timber species can be successfully grown in New Zealand and we also know that the wider use of these specialty timbers can considerably lower our greenhouse gas and energy footprint. It might also be noted that the imported eucalypt timbers used in Waitangi park on the Wellington waterfront cost up to $5,000 per cubic metre.

2. A dedicated effort by NZFFA and its members over the last 30 years has allowed a select range of special purpose timber species to emerge with clear commercial potential. However, funding biosecurity cover is just not possible within an emerging industry comprised of under-capitilised growers with an income stream many years away. It appears that small growers will just have to take their chances, a situation we consider grossly inadequate and lacking foresight.

3. The radiata pine industry in New Zealand was developed with huge support from central government. The Forest Service developed the forest growing systems along with the majority of forests, and the Forest Research Institiute did much of the associated research in genetic improvement, wood properties and utilization, while the Waipa and Kawerau operations were set up by political fiat. Similarly, forestry has been strongly supported by Governments throughout the developed world, in large measure because the time scale of forestry is regarded as too long by most private investors. In the case of New Zealand's "alternative" species resource, much of this work has been done by small growers and we consider this considerable investment to be at risk. Taking into account forestry's special circumstances, we ask that biosecurity is delivered by central government in a manner which secures this investment into the future.

Farm Forestry - Headlines

Article archive »