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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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October, 2015

 Understanding more about the New Zealand small block estate

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 recently started a programme to more accurately catalogue information about the privately owned small block radiata pine estate in New Zealand. These blocks are generally planted on more fertile sites than the larger forest blocks established by forestry companies, and are therefore better sources of data for identifying the drivers of radiata pine productivity and the limits of site carrying capacity under these conditions. This information will be of value across the whole sector, as it is likely to allow better use of marginal land as well. To start this process, a series of simple questions has been produced:

  • What size (ha) is your stand and when was it planted?
  • Who manages the stand?
  • What is the prime purpose of the stand? (e.g milling the timber; carbon crop; hunting block; erosion control)
  • At what rotation age will you harvest your radiata?
  • Are you planning to replant radiata, or something else?
  • If your stand is less than 10 years old, are you likely to prune and thin your stand?
  • Has your stand been assessed for wood quality, or will it be assessed, prior to harvest?
  • Are you planning any pre-harvest inventory and, if so, what would that involve?

If you are willing to provide any information on your radiata block, please contact Karen Bayne via email:

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