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NZFFA Conference 2024 “Resilient Landscapes”

NZFFA Annual conference, 9 - 13 April 2024

If ever there was a year that called on resilience, it was this one, so it is only fitting the theme of the 2024 New Zealand Farm Forestry Association Annual Conference is resilient landscapes.

The national conference will showcase examples and initiatives to help farmers improve sustainable land use, increase biodiversity and champion a resilient environment.

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Alternatives to Pine on your farm - free field days

Want to grow some trees on your farm, but not pines?  Come and see some great examples at free field days starting in March.

Learn about the benefits of planting alternative species.

NZ Farm Forestry members will share their experiences of what grows well and where, success and failure, costs and returns.  They are showcasing farm forestry in 20 locations across the country.

Hosted by the NZFFA, with support from Te Uru Rākau – NZ Forest Service, the first 3-hour field days will be held on:

14 March Balclutha
16 March Greymouth
21 March Gisborne
21 March Whanganui
21 March Paraparaumu
23 March Bulls
23 March Rangiora
23 March Dipton
24 March Taupo
27 March Te Puke
28 March Masterton

Enrol here. Everyone is welcome.

Further Information here

2024 Forest Biosecurity Conference: Threats, innovation and control strategies

As the risks to our forests from biological threats continues to grow, it’s increasingly important for forest owners, forest nurseries, and those that work in, or rely on our forests, to take a more proactive role in protecting them. 

Biosecurity will be a vital part of dealing with these changing and growing threats.  

The 2024 Forest Biosecurity Conference will take a broad ranging look at emerging threats and issues, what's at stake, and canvas the science and innovation that is helping reduce risk or improve our state of readiness. We are also planning a readiness exercise to improve your understanding of what a biosecurity response would look like if a significant forest biosecurity threat is detected in New Zealand. This will also highlight the importance of good biosecurity risk management throughout the supply chain to protect forest health, productivity, and trade.

Join us on the 28 and 29 of February to find out how your forests are being protected from biosecurity threats and what you can do to play your part.

When:  28 - 29 February 2024
Where: The Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua

Register now, as spaces are limited. 

Click here to register


Silviculture - Micro Innovation Challenge


Mid Otago Branch Field Day - Kennington & Dipton

Wednesday 13 March 2024 10.30am

Itinerary Travel-  Leave Dunedin by 7.45am & meet at SH1 past Airport turnoff at Allanton at 8.10am (about 80m south of Power Farming). Pool people & vehicles then travel to Gore and stop for coffee. Then drive to the world class Niagara wood processing facility at Niagara where we’ll be shown new state of the art wood chip and fire pellet processing followed by finger jointing, moulding manufacture and other points of interest.

Health and Safety Protocols at the processing Wood Mill.   NOTE They supply Hi-Vis vests & ear plugs but we must ensure there are no open shoes worn.!!!!!!

Leave Niagara Mill and travel to Winton where we stop for lunch at a Café and then travel via SH6 to Dipton township then follow Dipton-Castlerock Rd then turn left to George St to Milligans Nursery (known as “Milligan Seeds Co”). Arrive at Milligan Seeds by 2pm.

Graham Milligan will show us around his extensive Eucalypt plantings and as New Zealands foremost authority on this species, (including the large Eucalyptus seeds catalogue) he will offer sound advice & answer questions.


  • Leave Dipton and travel home via Balfour and Gore with Coffee stops on request.
  • We will car pool at Allanton as noted above and will leave no later than 8.15am from that site. 
  • MOFFA will supply a fuel voucher to each vehicle to offset expenses if required.
  • Lunch and Coffees are at own expense

YOU MUST REGISTER your name(s) & contact phone number for Health & Safety matters and the vehicle pooling. 

REGISTER to Murray Harris  or Text to 021 616605  


South Otago Branch - Alternative Species Field Day

Thursday 14 March 2024

Starting 1.30pm at the Cullen farm woolshed, 250 Glenomaru Valley Road.

Neil Cullen will give an introduction to the land, the what and why of chosen exotic species, what problems arose with them and how successful they have been.  There will be a tour of the farm and plenty of knowledge-sharing about alternative species.

Save the date for now, and look out for further information and registration details.


FGR - Field Demonstration: Automatic Quick Coupler - Kinleith Forest, Tokoroa

Thursday 21 March 2024 

You are invited to attend the field demonstration of the Automatic Quick Coupler in Kinleith Forest, Thursday 21 March 2024. 

What: Forest Growers Research has been working with Synergy Equipment Ltd, AB Equipment Ltd and Total Hydraulic Solutions Ltd to develop the Automated Quick Coupler which allows a base machine to  change attachments quickly and safely in just a few seconds without the operator leaving the cab.  This project and the field demonstration of the Automated Quick Coupler is part of the Automation &  Robotics Primary Growth Partnership.  

When: 8:00am on Thursday 21 March 2024. 

This field demonstration is hosted by Manulife Forest Management (MFM) and Brian Rutgers of  Loggabull Ltd. The Quick Coupler on the Sumitomo SH300-6 base will be operated by Ivan Quin of  Loggabull Ltd. Brian and the team at Loggabull has been involved in the field testing and production  trials of the Quick Coupler in 2022-2023. 

Benefits: With the constant focus on production costs this development provides the opportunity  to increase utilisation of your machinery and reduce costs, if one machine and operator can do multiple  tasks, such as felling, log processing, sort and stack, truck loading, tracking and road building.  

Who should attend:  

  • Logging contractors, machine operators and employees of logging contractors. • Forestry company operations managers and harvest planners  
  • Staff of New Zealand forestry companies 
  • Forest owners and managers (especially owners of small forests). 
  • Forestry equipment suppliers 
  • Contractors who run quick change hydraulic attachments

Cost: There is no cost for people to attend the field demonstration. The field demonstration is  subsidised by the FGR Automation & Robotics Primary Growth Partnership co-funded by Forest  Growers Levy Trust and the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the project collaborators, Synergy  Equipment Ltd, AB Equipment Ltd and Total Hydraulic Solutions Ltd, who have worked together to  develop the Automated Quick Coupler.  

Transport: FGR will arrange bus transport to the site from two main pick-up points: Bus transport departs from Distinction Hotel, Trigg Avenue, Rotorua, and travels to Kinleith Forest.  The second pick-up point is the junction of SH1 and Old State Highway 1. No private vehicles will be  permitted into the forest. The bus returns to the pick-up points at the end of the day.  

What to bring: As this field demonstration is an operational logging site, you will need to wear  sturdy covered footwear, high-viz clothing, and a safety helmet. As it is still in the summer season, you  are advised to wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle. If rain is forecast, bring wet weather gear.  

What is provided: FGR will provide transport from the pick-up points, and the project team  Synergy Equipment Ltd, AB Equipment Ltd and Total Hydraulic Solutions Ltd will provide BBQ lunch and  drinks (fruit juice, soft drinks, and water). A hand-out with information on the development of the  Automatic Quick Coupler and results from the recent production study will also be provided.  

 Register here:  Register early as numbers may be limited. 

 RSVP:  All registrations close at 5:00pm on Monday 11 March 2024. If you require more information, please contact: Keith Raymond at Forest Growers Research Ltd (m: 027 438 5233;  e:  

Automatic Quick Coupler Demonstration Itinerary


Tree Growers Tairawhiti - Gisborne/East Coast Branch AGM

Sunday 24 March 2024

Please note in your calendars that the Tree Growers Tairawhiti (NZFFA Gisborne/East Coast Branch) AGM will be held on Sunday 24 March 2024 at Wensleydale Station.

More details to follow.


Waikato Branch Field Day & AGM

Saturday 6 April 2024 9.30am

271 Barker Road, Karapiro, Cambridge.  Last farm on the left end of Barker Road.

Farm visit and tour followed by a discussion with the Waikato Regional Council on the effects of plan change one on forestry.

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