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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.
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April, 2012

 Trees on Farms: Exploring Hill Country Options

Following successful workshops in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, the next Trees on Farms workshop will be held on the King Country property of Barrie and Jude Tatham, and will explore the role of trees in hill country farm management, particularly in marginal or less productive areas.

26 April 2012, Tatham property 206 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio

Barrie and Jude own a 500 ha drystock farm near Piopio, which they operate in a share-farming arrangement with Kieran and Shona Bradley, running cattle, dairy grazers and sheep. The Tathams are previous Waikato Farm Environment Award winners, and their farm is notable for the diversity of species they have planted for nutrient buffering, stock shade and beautification.

Tree plantings on the farm include a mix of radiata pine and other exotic species, as well as natives. They have planted thousands of native trees in recent years and around 40ha of land has been covenanted with the QEII National Trust. Pole planting has been used to stabilise potential slip areas, and with the help of Environment Waikato’s Clean Streams initiative, the Tathams are also protecting areas alongside the Mangaotaki River. Selected areas have been fenced off and planted with native species to protect the river bank.

However the Tathams’ property is dotted with rocky limestone outcrops and tomos. Where fencing off stream banks is not possible, they have focused on providing alternative water and stock shade away from streams. They have found this reduces the time stock spend in and around natural water and vulnerable gullies.

Specifically designed by knowledgeable, experienced tree-planting farmers and Agfirst consultants to meet local needs, this unique workshop will look at trees as an integral part of the whole agribusiness, with particular emphasis on choosing the appropriate species in the context of:

  • Trees in the farm business: How integrated land use strategies spread risk - and cash flow – and deliver both short-term and inter-generational benefits
  • Trees as a land management strategy: Wise land use and “fit for purpose” planting - erosion control, riparian management and water quality, weed control, managing trouble spots and erosion, and protecting valuable soils
  • Trees for animal welfare: Trees for shelter and fodder, managing waterways
  • Biodiversity: Saving remnants of native bush (it’s easy)
  • Trees and the ETS: Improving forestry cash flow and planting to offset on-farm emissions.

The programme starts at 9.30am and will finish at 3.30pm. All participants will receive complimentary handouts and a DVD of farm videos and workshop proceedings. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10, with proceeds going to the Waitanguru & Districts Rural Women. For catering purposes please register by 20 April. For more information and to register contact Malcolm Mackenzie, phone 07 873 7728, email

The Trees on Farms workshops are being run as part of a three year programme throughout New Zealand with support from the Sustainable Farming Fund. Upcoming workshops include Palmerston North (Pohangina Valley, 21 May), Wairarapa (Carterton, 23 May), Otaki (26 May), Taranaki (Inglewood, 6 June) and Waikato (Putararu, 27 June). For more information about these workshops contact the project manager, Ian Nicholas, phone 07 348 5923, email



Trees on Farms: Exploring Hill Country Options
26 April 2012
Tatham property
206 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio

9.30 - 9.55 am   Coffee/mingle
10.00 am - 12.35 pm  Woolshed presentations:

  • Funding marginal land options
  • Videos of successful local farm foresters - Tatham, Cumberland & Mackenzie
  • Opportunities for natives and specialty timbers: Species options including natives, eucalypt, cypress, redwood, pine
  • Panel discussion

12.35 pm   Lunch provided in woolshed
1.05 pm   Discussion in field. (4 wheel drive suggested):

  • Regional council activities
  • QEII opportunities
  • Carbon opportunities
  • Tree planting options

3.30 pm   Finish

Media contacts:

Trees on Farms project manager:
Ian Nicholas, phone 07 348 5923, email

President, Waitomo branch, NZ Farm Forestry Association:
Malcolm Mackenzie, phone 07 873 7728, email

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