You are here: Home» Article archive» Forest Owners sharing primary sector concerns

July, 2021

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

Forest Owners sharing primary sector concerns

The Forest Owners Association is sympathising with some farmer frustrations over the pace of regulations being imposed on the primary sector.

Forest Owners Association President Phil Taylor says the time has long since passed for anyone to think there are free rides on the environment anymore.

He says it’s vital to acknowledge the need for new exotic forests to sequester enough carbon for New Zealand to reach zero carbon by 2050, without putting impossible burdens on sectors of the economy, including agriculture.

But Phil Taylor says some of the constraints on agriculture now being imposed, or suggested, don’t make sense and jeopardise the viability of the productive land economy throughout New Zealand.

Phil Taylor identifies the rules around designating Significant Natural Areas in particular.

“It seems as though there is no vestige of vegetation anywhere – town, city or rural that can’t be arbitrarily classed as an SNA.”

“The more foresters, farmers, or anyone who plants native trees in city backyards as well, and then take care of and look after these native trees or wildlife, then paradoxically the more officials are going to prevent them using their land in a productive way,” Phil Taylor says.

“If the government really wants to maintain and enhance indigenous biodiversity then it should turn its attention to a chronically under-resourced Department of Conservation estate.  Or it should supply conservation services to meaningfully assist landowners in their own biodiversity efforts.”

Phil Taylor says plantation forests, like many farms, intrinsically have extensive native reserves, riparian strips and wetlands all throughout their forest blocks.   Forest companies have undertaken to follow best practice conservation measures to protect endangered species of birds, reptiles, bats, amphibians and plants.  There are many examples nationwide where forest owners are leading conservation efforts with endangered species.

“It seems that there is a regulatory approach which starts with a rushed list of rules and then looks for places to make them fit.”

“We all want to see better protection of our biodiversity, but one size does not fit all land and if we users of a land resource – foresters or farmers – are prevented from using that land then the national income takes a big hit in the long term.”

“We do support many of the changes the government is undertaking.  They are essential to preserve our environment, but they also need to create a more sustainable economy at the same time.  This is not in the least because forestry has a huge role to play in carbon lock-up and increased export earnings.”

“However, if private land is going to be appropriated for the provision of public good the government needs to rethink how the costs are going to be met and where the efforts are applied.” 

Farm Forestry - Headlines

Article archive »