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New Zealand Tree Grower, February 2019

  • President's comment
    Neil Cullen
    The One Billion Tree Programme, which was officially launched at a function in the Canterbury foothills on 30 November, provides many opportunities for our members and our association. For our…
  • Track record of forest levy - in good stead for the vote
    Don Carson
    The Forest Growers Levy Trust was pleased at the support for the levy at a series of regional meetings held in late October and November last year. A total of…
  • New automatic coupler will cut harvesting costs for owners of small forests
    Keith Raymond and Harriet Palmer
    A new harvesting tool – the automatic quick coupler – is almost ready for commercial use. It has been developed as part of the Steepland Harvesting Programme, and is particularly…
  • Controlling and predicting red needle cast
    Harriet Palmer
    Red needle cast is now a widespread needle disease of radiata pine, most evident in northern New Zealand. It is caused by a fungal-like organism, Phytophora pluvialis. Growth losses of up…
  • Forest growers research conference 2018
    Julian Bateson
    In October last year the regular conference on the research projects funded by the Forest Growers Levy was held in Tauranga. The registration list showed over 120 attendees had registered…
  • Is an IKEA store to our advantage?
    Wink Sutton
    IKEA is possibly to begin trading in New Zealand. Should New Zealand forest owners be pleased? Already New Zealand has large retailers including The Warehouse, Harvey Norman, K Mart, Mitre10…
  • Can target diameter harvesting work in radiata pine plantations in the lower North Island?
    Mark Bloomberg, Eric Cairns, Denny Du, Harriet Palmer and Chris Perry
    In March 2018 a team of continuous cover forestry enthusiasts embarked on a feasibility study. It was funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund and was to investigate the potential for…
  • The real value of the Forest Growers’ Levy
    Hamish Levack
    Six years ago the future of the NZFFA was looking uncertain. By 2012 membership had fallen from its peak of over 4,000 in 1996 to around 2,000. The boom in…
  • Report of the climate change forestry reference group
    Howard Moore
    If you are among those waiting for the Emissions Trading Scheme Review of 2015/16 to finally have an effect, I can confirm it is not dead. Officials plan to produce…
  • Riparian planting - Tips and tricks for maximising success
    Clare Ridler and Lucy Ferguson
    This article was first published in Indigena in 2018. Riparian planting has a wide range of benefits for both waterways and ecosystem services. These can include the following − Providing…
  • Poplar and willow planting in the Wairarapa
    Harriet Palmer and Michelle McCabe
    Those who know southern and eastern Wairarapa recognise it as usually summer dry, winter wet sheep and beef country. It has beautiful but challenging tracts of hill country associated with…
  • Action Groups weekend in the Waikato
    John Simmons
    The Waikato branch of the NZFFA hosted a two-day event to show around 85 participants several properties with stands of special interest species. We were pleased to have such a…
  • Can target diameter harvesting work in radiata pine plantations in the lower North Island?
    Mark Bloomberg, Eric Cairns, Denny Du, Harriet Palmer and Chris Perry
    In March 2018 a team of continuous cover forestry enthusiasts embarked on a feasibility study. It was funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund and was to investigate the potential for…
  • Death and taxes
    Jo McIntosh
    They say that two things in life are guaranteed − death and taxes. It seems perhaps another tax, hidden in the form of a levy, is on its way. This…
  • Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year awards
    Julian Bateson
    It is getting close to the time when the Husqvarna awards are judged before the winners are chosen and announced at the conference in May. Normally, by this time, the…
  • Light my fire
    Hamish Levack
    During a field day at the Hokitika conference in 2016 we heard about the value of growing some trees for firewood, a concept which was at odds with those growing…

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