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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 currently has a number of forests which they purchased at harvestable age to log over a number of years for export and domestic markets.  Tenco also regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time.  Tenco is interested in broadening  the  base of owners from whom it purchases forests and stands of trees.  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 knows there are a lot of farmers who have trees that are close or ready to harvest and will be asking themselves how they should proceed with the sale of their trees.  For some farmers the kind of certain transaction with money in the bank could well be appealing. 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: 
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Forest Owners Association Media Release, 18 February 2015.

 Don’t go down to the woods today

With the risk of forest fire now very high or extreme in many parts of the country, the public is being cautioned not to enter plantation forests without permission.

For more information, ring Grant Dodson Tel 027 654 6554, or Glen Mackie, FOA senior policy analyst, Tel 027 445 0116

“Forest owners have stopped working in drought-affected forests or are limiting work hours to avoid the heat of the day when the fire risk is highest,” says Forest Owners Association fire committee chair Grant Dodson.

“Where crews are working in these forests, they follow strict procedures to minimise the fire risk. Also, after they leave the site for the day, someone stays behind to make sure there is no spark smouldering away that could become a fire.

“Everyone knows that cigarette butts and sparks from cookers are a fire risk. But when things are tinder dry, fires can be triggered by less obvious things, like a spark from a chainsaw or firearm or the heat of a vehicle exhaust.

“It is not a time for hunters, trailbike riders, firewood collectors and other recreational users to be in forests. All forests should be treated as being off-limits until the drought has broken.“

Anyone planning on entering a forest in a drought region should check each time with the forest owner or manager before doing so, he says. Even if they think they have a right of access.

“Forest fires can spread rapidly, cause severe damage to property and put lives at risk. Also the costs of fighting rural fires are sheeted home to the landowner where the fire started. If a trespasser in a forest is found to have caused the fire, the cost will be sheeted home to them.”

Mr Dodson says that in most regions there is a total fire ban. This means lighting any fire no matter how small is prohibited. If a fire is noticed, it should be reported immediately by dialling 111.

There have been several major fires this summer in forest plantations. These, he says, are being formally investigated by the Rural Fire Service.

“In virtually all cases, forest fires are caused deliberately or accidentally by human activity. Contrary to the views expressed by some commentators, forests and forest waste do not catch fire spontaneously.”

Trevor Walton
Forest Owners Association communications
Tel 021 381 465

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