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Conference 2023 “The new normal. Opportunity or threat?”

NZFFA Annual conference, 30 March to 3 April 2023 Timaru

Waikato branch AGM and Field Day

Thursday 9 February 2023 starting at 10am

Morning tea provide from 9.30am

Sherice and Daniel Hodgson will host us at Te Akatea Station, 277 Kereru Road, R D 2, Ngaruawahia. ( Glen Massey area ).

There is accommodation if you'd like to stay a night or two, ( 4 rooms available that can sleep up to 11 people ). Contact Sherice and Daniel on 0274646715 or email:

DIRECTIONS: Go to the end of Kereru Road, go through the gate and park by the Shearers Quarters. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, ute etc. please bring it for the farm tour (no motor bikes). We will car pool into those vehicles that are suitable.

Bring your lunch and a drink, also a chair to sit on at lunch time may also be useful.

We hold our AGM at lunch time.

This 1800 ha family owned property since 1958 is a good example of how forestry can be integrated into a extensive sheep and beef farming operation, the next generation has just taken ownership and are keen to keep planting trees.

We will see planting done by Daniel's parents John and Marcella. 

  • 20ha of 23 year old Fastigata.
  • 20ha of 23 year old Lusitanica.
  • A mixed block of a large variety of Eucalypts, muelleriana, globoidea etc.
  • Blackwood.
  • 31 year old Lusitanica.
  • Extensive use of poplar for erosion control.
  • All plantings in the ETS.

Daniel is keen to discuss:

  • the ongoing management of the eucalyptus.
  • Potential forestry options.
  • Riparian site planting.
  • The value of poplars.

Any queries to Dave 0272305454,


Stammers Family Farm Field Day - Milton

Wednesday 15 February 2023 1 - 5 pm 

Callum Stammers Woolshed, 441 Circle Hill Road, Milton

Showcasing the Stammers family farm who are the 2022 winners of the Vic Stephens Award for excellence in farm forestry. At this interactive field day you will learn about the different ways of integrating trees into your farm system, a tour of the Stammers property, develop an understanding of the emissions trading scheme (ETS). It will focus on opportunities to integrate trees on farms and – in doing so – generate a return from the ETS, and/or localised tree-planting or land-retirement funding programmes.

The field day covers:
• The Zero Carbon Bill and Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) explained.
• The ETS definition of Forest Land, how to register and the opportunities and trade-offs.
• On-farm carbon sequestration – the role of trees and soil.
• Carbon units – how they work and example calculations.
• Funding options.
• Which tree species – exotic and indigenous – where and why.
• Riparian planting and shelter belts.
• Understand your farms natural capital and the opportunities available to build resilience for your farming business.

4WD Required

BBQ at conclusion of event

For more information contact Theresa Laws (B+LNZ): 

Stammers Family Field Day Wednesday 15 February 2023

Register Here 


Forestry Industry Dinner Meeting - Balclutha

Wednesday 8 March 2023

Southern Wood Council, NZ Institute of Forestry, NZ Farm Forestry Association

Venue: Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha

When: 5.15pm – Drinks, 6.15pm – Dinner, 7.15pm - After-Dinner Presentation

It’s time to gather as an industry again. We’ve had two long years of lockdowns and meeting and travel restrictions that kept us in-doors. We finally met up together for a joint forest industry meeting in August of last year. Overwhelmingly, feedback from all those attending in August 2022 was, let’s do this more often.

The Southern Wood Council (SWC), in conjunction with the local branch of the NZ Institute of Forestry and the Mid Otago and South Otago Branches of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have planned another evening’s networking – along with more good food and some excellent company.

These joint dinner meetings used to be a regular occasion but sort of fell off the radar. The message from forestry and wood products companies is that they’ve been sorely missed in recent years. The idea is to get together anybody involved in or associated with forestry and wood products in the lower South Island.

The after-dinner presentation that we’ve lined up for you to start the year we know you’ll find interesting. It’s a technology that’s going to impact on you personally and for forestry, wood products and farming, it’s potentially going to change how you’ll be operating your business into the future.

Hydrogen – the alternative energy source

The development of new fossil-free fuels for passenger and heavy-duty vehicles has been nothing short of phenomenal. Much of the focus has been on electric vehicles. Sales records are being smashed every single month and globally, more electric vehicles are now sold every week than in the whole of 2012.

Interest though in hydrogen powered vehicles has also been ramping up – and quickly. Their appeal? Instead of being charged from an external source, they produce their own on-board electricity with the only by-product emitted being water vapour. The European Commission is expecting 60,000 hydrogen trucks on European roads by 2030. Manufacturing companies like Hyundai, Cummins, Scania and Volvo are already well down the track with their own hydrogen technology and testing.

Volvo Trucks, which already makes battery-electric trucks, for example is testing vehicles using fuel cells powered by hydrogen. They’ve recently unveiled new hydrogen trucks with a range comparable to many diesel trucks – up to 1,000 km – and a refuelling time of under 15 minutes. The total weight of these vehicles can be around 65 tonnes or more. In New Zealand, and in the lower South Island in particular, hydrogen technology is also well advanced.

The country’s largest heavy transport company H.W. Richardson (HWR) for example is planning to decarbonise its transport fleet with ten dual-fuel hydrogen diesel trucks on the road by the second quarter of 2023. It is adopting hydrogen refuelling solutions developed by a pioneering kiwi company based in Christchurch, Fabrum.

Steve Canny, Chairperson, NZ Hydrogen Council (GM Strategic Projects, Great South), will present to the forest industry dinner meeting. Included in the presentation will be updates on the new technology and its application to heavy transport, dual-fuel technology and hydrogen refuelling network’s being planned (including the first green hydrogen production system for HWR for its Southland site) and plans for a new Southern Green Hydrogen production facility.

Plenty here – and it’s certainly aligned to any rural land or forest owner.

So, what do you need to do?

Mark the date into your diary. Get the notice around your office, forestry contacts or your work colleagues and ensure you get a car load or two of you coming through. Rarely, as you know, do these opportunities come up so make the most of it.

Dinner registrations need to be received BEFORE mid-day Friday 3 March 2023.

Note: Catering can’t be made available to those who turn up on the night who haven’t pre-registered.

Registrations to the dinner can be made directly on line at:

 Any further information, then get in contact with Brent Apthorp ( or Tel: 021 227 5177)


Hawke's Bay Branch Field Day - Rangitoto Station

Sunday 11 March 2023

Field day at James Hunter’s “Rangitoto” property to celebrate him winning the North Island Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year Award.

Rangitoto Station, 1691 Blackhead Road, Porangahau.

This was to be held Saturday 15 October 2022, however the recent weather has made the access and ability to move around the property negligable; after inspection and evaluation it is considered a health and safety risk. 

Contact Tim Forde 06 858 4222


Bay of Plenty Field Day- Save the date

Saturday 18 March 2023

Carbon forests from 1 to 121 years old, much to view and discuss by bus. Includes associated native options.

Organiser; Jeff Tombleson.

More details to follow.

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