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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

Nelson Branch Field Day -Pigeon Valley Fire Restoration

Saturday 25 September 2021

 A visit to the Pigeon Valley fire restoration project being carried out by Tasman Pine Forests.

We will meet at the Eves Valley Reserve for a prompt 10am kick off introduction.  The Reserve is up the same road as the Eves Valley sawmill, off the Wai West Road.

Please note Tasman Pine require all attendees to wear hi-viz vest or jacket and sturdy boots.

If we have or have had foul weather, 4 wheel drive vehicles may be necessary. If this should be the case, bring a mask and you’ll find a ride.

After our visit to the forest, about 12:30-1pm, we will adjourn to Faulkner’s Bush for a bit of lunch and a rehash of everything.  

Note: This tour was to be a part of the program for the Forest Grower’s Conference scheduled for late October in Nelson. The conference has now been cancelled although it will be held online. The program for the 2 days is impressive, encouraging news for our industry development funded by the log levy. If you are interested drop PJ an email and I’ll send you the details.       PJ Kenney, Secretary Nelson Branch



Eastern Bay of Plenty - Grafting Workshop

Saturday 25 September 2021

If we are in Level 2 lockdown and if we can meet all the requirements

Whakatane Area (Venue TBC) 10am -4pm

Bill Rae an old hand at this has offered to run a fruit tree grafting workshop in the Whakatane area.

What to Bring: Lunch! Sharp secateurs and a sharp knife if possible (Bill has a set in case there is a shortage).

Contact: Greg Reid Ph 027 4756675 to register and find out more.


Wairarapa Branch - Forest Flows Workshop

Postponed to Wednesday 29 September  2021 2-5pm Aratoi Meeting Room, 12 Bruce Street,  Masterton

Scion will hold a Forest Flows workshop on 29 September in Masterton to which you are invited. We want to know:

  • what you think about water, land and trees – and their interconnections
  • what questions you have about planning for a climate-change affected future?

With the changing climate and land use options, New Zealanders want to know that we have:

  • a reliable water supply
  • healthy rivers and streams
  • access to water for recreation
  • protected cultural values.

Understanding how water flows through the land, including planted forests is essential to make the best use of land and water while maintaining environmental health. New research is needed to replace outdated models and understand the complex processes of how water is distributed, used and circulated in forested catchments.

From this discussion and our research, we will create a baseline of information for hydrological modelling of a local catchment, which will be shared with participants interested in catchment management.

RSVP (& also any questions) to Grace Villamor at Scion:

Refreshments provided.


Online MPI Workshops - Log Traders & Forestry Advisors

 MPI is holding on-line workshops on the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act 2020.

One workshop will focus on log traders and one on forestry advisers. Each will discuss options for regulations and rules for registration, and will be repeated later in the week if you can’t make the first one.

The dates and times are

  • 9:30 am – 12 pm Tuesday 14 September: log traders
  • 9:30 am – 12 pm Wednesday 15 September: forestry advisers
  • 9:30 am – 12 pm Thursday 16 September: log traders
  • 9:30 am – 12 pm Friday 17 September: forestry advisers

MPI’s work includes developing regulations and guidance under the Act, including determining who may qualify as a log trader or forestry advisor and what information may be required to register.

They want proposals ready for formal consultation prior to the end of the year. Engagement and discussion with the forestry and wood processing sector is very important to this process.

If you'd like to be involved in a workshop, please let MPI know by filling in the registration at the following link. Information submitted will only be used for the purposes of the workshops:

MPI will send out a link and agenda for your chosen workshop closer to the time. The workshops will not be the only chance to have your say.

If you cannot make any of these dates but would like to be involved, please let MPI know. They might schedule further workshops if required.


Forest Growers Conference 2021 - Nelson

19-21 October 2021

Following a year of COVID disruption, FGR are pleased to be able to invite you to the 2021 Forest Growers Conference, which will be held in Nelson from October 19th – 21st. This represents a great opportunity to reconnect with others from within the forestry sector, as well as hear about Forest Growers Levy funded and industry research.

Day 1 of the conference will explore the challenges of climate change and disease control, while also looking at the potential of alternative species, as well as technologies to enhance tree performance.

Day 2 has an emphasis on new tools and automated systems for improved productivity, as well as opportunities for forestry outside of traditional wood processing.

Day 3 includes a visit to the Nelson Pine Industries LVL and MDF processing mill to look at their innovative wood processing setup. In addition, Tasman Pine will host a visit to Pigeon Valley, where we will explore the technical response to New Zealand’s largest recorded wildfire, as well as hear about some of the unique recovery and restoration activities that have occurred since.

To encourage as many people as possible to attend the conference fees have been kept to a minimum so we look forward to seeing you there.

Learn about the research programmes being funded by the levy, the results to date and how you as a forest grower can use these results to:

Achieve better financial returns from new and existing forests
Improve the health and resilience of your forests to pests and diseases
Harness the potential of new technologies

Come along and benefit from this significant investment in the future of the forest growing industry by the Forest Growers Levy Trust.

Conference Agenda and Field Trip Itinerary

Registrations close Friday 8 October 2021


Safetree Conference - Growing our Culture

Thursday 28 October 2021, Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Registrations are open for the Safetree Conference, Growing our Culture and our line-up of speakers will include well-know psychologist Nigel Latta. 

The conference will run in Queenstown on Thursday 28th October. In addition to hearing from the great line-up of speakers, this will be an opportunity to learn and share with peers from the forestry industry.

There will also be trade stands, and there are places available for suppliers and supporters of the industry to promote and showcase their products.

Register on the FICA website

Use the code on the registration page to secure discounted accommodation.


Lower North Branch - Tour of Northport, Marsden Point

Thursday 28 October 2021

Northport is a deep-water commercial port, located just south of Whangarei.

The increasing production of Northland’s forestry industry was the catalyst for the building of this port.

Lunch at Café North – Refining, NZ Refinery (about 150m from port)
Recommended for a budget feed and their doughnuts are amazing.  (open 6:30am – 2:00pm)

Travel guide – allow two hours drive time from Silverdale. Please advise if you wish to carpool.

Details to be confirmed


Wellington Branch - Spring In Stanton Park

Date to be advised.

Wellington Branch are planning another burst of activity at Stanton Park to launch Spring with optimism. 
One group will free up the redwoods and cypresses while a second group will plant natives to help restore the wetland. 

If you have a supply of (or even a few) native plants to spare and they are endemic to Wellington, not some weak, weedy provincials that won't survive pigs, cold and indifference, bring them along.

 Join us if you (A) have never been to Stanton Park before and want to see what it is all about, (B) feel like doing some serious and unsupervised damage to weed species or (C) wish to act as a camp follower with soothing words and the odd band aid if any of us lose fingers. 
It's an open group.

Bring warm clothing, boots, power tools for cutting undergrowth, pruners, diggers, lunch and a hot drink.  Oh, and the odd first aid kit.

Venue and date: Stanton Park, Upper Hutt: meet at the car park by Totara Park Road bridge, 9:30 am on date to be advised dependent on Alert Levels. Please RSVP  Eric on so that we know how many to expect.


Combined Action Group Weekend in Northland - Cypress and Eucalyptus

19 to 21 November 2021 - Friday to Sunday.

Hosted by Tim Rose and Dean Satchell.

A basic itinerary as follows:

Meeting and dinner on Friday night in Kerikeri. Accommodation to be arranged and booked by Vaughan. There will be a late afternoon walk at the historic Stone Store looking at some of the 100 year old eucalypts planted near the pa site.

Saturday morning depart for Northland’s west coast where we will be looking at the Tim Rose property as well as other plantings that Tim will show us.

Sunday we are back to Kerikeri to visit the Li Legler, Horowai property and Dean Satchell plantings.

There are two hybrid cypress trials to see, along with maturing cypress and euca-lypt plantations (durable species).

Dinners and Accommodation to be arranged by Vaughan. 
Those who wish to fly out on Sunday are to let Vaughan know.

On Monday several of us will be staying behind to measure a 1993 Ian Nicholas durable Eucalyptus trial at the Davies-Colley farm near Titoki. This will be followed by refreshments at Phat House breweries.

You will need to find your own way to and from Kerikeri airport at your own expense. VK will organise airport shuttles, food, accommodation and transport for the weekend.
In order to secure your place you are invited to make a $100 deposit per person. The bank account is 38/9000/0362731/01 Note the 01 suffix. Please include your name and the reference "Northland" with your payment. This will secure you a place.

Numbers limited to 50. Already 15 people have booked, thank you to those who were on the Canterbury Cypress trip who have made their deposits. You can expect the cost to be $600-$700 per person, share twin on some occasions. If you need your own room each night please informVaughan and he will accomodate your requirements.

Vaughan Kearns Field Days Coordinator. 027 445 7138


NZFFA Council Meeting - Save the Date

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Venue TBC -  at this stage to be held at The Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre, Rotorua


NZFFA Conference 2022 - Timaru

 Save the date 7 -11 April 2022



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