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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: 
Work: +64 7 357 5356  Mobile:  +64 21 921 595

Conference 2020 - “46° South Revisited”


Programme includes:

  • Interest Group Meetings
  • Council Meeting and AGM
  • Three Field Days  
    • Western Southland - Syndicate forestry & Koura management in a Douglas Fir forest
    • Central Southland - Industrial site visit & integrated farm
    • Northern Southand - Douglas Fir management & wilding control
  • Awards Dinner
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Conference 2019

Please click here if you would like to view the presentations and other documents from Conference 2019

South Canterbury Field Day - Pareora

Tuesday 20th October  1 to 4 pm

Venue   Peter and Jane Evans at Pareora, 28 Pareora Gorge Road, Maungati.

Themes  Integrating forestry with farming and water quality issues.

This field day is combining with members of the Pareora catchment group .

Speakers include Sarah Helleur who has expertise in controlling the environmental impacts of log harvesting. Nicky Hyslop will address water quality policy from NZ Beef and Lamb NZ.

There will also be expertise in riparian planting , one billion trees , mud fish , water quality.

Any queries please contact Victoria


Middle Districts Field Day - Whanganui

 Saturday 31st October

We visit two properties belonging to the wider Oskam family. The first is owned by Peter and Louise Oskam, a spectacular 52 ha site overlooking the Whanganui River, which has been planted for multiple purposes. View riparian planting and wetland establishment and compare the results of planting natives with the natural regeneration happening on an adjoining block. Redwoods, macrocarpa and eucalypts were planted three years ago. There are also some pines. Stock have been removed. Ian Moore has been much involved here, with advice on planting, establishment and also the creation of wetlands on the topmost plateau. The Oskam's son Tom is a world-class designer and builder of mountain bike tracks, and he spent lockdown establishing tracks around the property. This supports the Oskams' intention to encourage tourism and share the property with the community.

After lunch Peter will show us through the adjoining 800 ha property, now owned by his brothers Frank and John but which he planted and maintained until recently. This is a very steep block, planted mainly in radiata that was recently harvested and replanted. Redwood went in on flatter sites. There are older plantings of macrocarpa, Australian blackwoods and some eucalypts. There’s a kahikatea stand planted by Peter that's worth a look on the way home also, on the corner of the River Road and SH4.

Afterwards, the Avoca Hotel at Upokongaro is an opportunity for some refreshments and catching up after the long hibernation of our branch during the Covid season.

When: 10am for a 10.30am start.

Bring: lunch, cup (if you want a hot drink at 10am before we start)

Where: 1021 Kaiwhaiki Road Head north from Whanganui on SH4 toward Raetihi. Turn right onto Kaiwhaiki Rd (clearly signposted 1.3km past the cafe in Upokongaro) and continue (with care: narrow, gravel road) for 10 km. Look for the MDFFA sign at the gate. Drive in to park, we assemble at the woolshed.

Organiser: Rachel Rose


NZFFA 2020 Council Meeting, AGM and Seminar Day

NOTE: We have a limit of 80 attendees so please register with the National Office by 25 October.

WHEN                Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 November 2020

WHERE               The Terrace Conference Centre, 114 The Terrace, Wellington

Dinner at The Grand Chancellor James Cook Hotel, 147 The Terrace, Wellington

WHAT                 Day 1

9:00                     Registration and coffee

10:00                  Council meeting

12.30                  Lunch

1.30                     Resumption of AGM 2020 (which was started, then adjourned, on 29 May)

3.30                     Afternoon tea

4:00                     AGM continues

5.00                     AGM concludes

7.00                     Awards Dinner at the Grand Chancellor James Cook, 147 The Terrace.

WHAT                 Day 2

9.00                     Opening

9.40                     Morning tea

10.10                  Presentations on Increasing Afforestation

12.00                  Lunch

12.45                  Presentations on Log Traders Act, Biosecurity and the Levy Board

2.40                     Afternoon tea

3.00                     Presentations on Te Uru Rakau’s Industry Transformation Plan

3.40                     End of Programme

COST                   Councillors & Exec:                 No cost

Other attendees:                    $100 each (includes morning teas, lunches and dinner)

NOTE: ALL attendees will be responsible for arranging and paying for their travel & accommodation.

Please advise the National Office of your intention to attend and an invoice will be sent to you.



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