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New Zealand Tree Grower, May 2015

  • Forest research in the levy environment (Access: unrestricted)
    Patrick Milne
    The forest commodity levy of 27 cents a tonne of harvested wood has been collected since the beginning of 2014. In the first year approximately three million dollars or half…
  • Douglas fir and Swiss needle cast (Access: unrestricted)
    Patrick Milne
    Douglas fir, with upwards of 110,000 hectares planted, is New Zealand’s second most commonly planted forest tree. Often referred to as Oregon pine, it is now mostly planted on higher altitude…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2015 - Graham and Pam Hunter (Access: unrestricted)
    Neil Cullen
    When Graham and Pam Hunter took over their 484 hectare farm in 1997 it had 30 paddocks and the only exotic trees on the property were the old orchards and…
  • Life-styler’s super fund achieved (Access: unrestricted)
    Graeme Robinson
    After 25 years we recently harvested our 6.5 hectare woodlot at Tangye Road, 12 km west of Taupo. This woodlot is adjacent to the 300 hectare Pukerimu Forest owned by…
  • Economies of scale in forestry (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack
    Up to a certain point enterprises obtain cost advantages because of the scale of the operation. The cost per unit of output decreases with the rate that they are produced…
  • Options for economies of scale in small forests (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore
    In 2011, Dawoon Park at the University of Canterbury studied the economic profitability of 51 small-scale radiata pine forests. Her research showed that the prospects of getting a satisfactory return…
  • Drought and fires ? another challenging time for forest owners? (Access: unrestricted)
    Jo McIntosh
    It has been another hot dry summer which once again has increased the risk of fires in rural New Zealand. There have been some recent high profile fires which caused…
  • Workplace responsibilities of small-scale forest owners under the Health and Safety Reform Bill (Access: unrestricted)
    Julian Bateson
    The aim of this article is to help give you a bit more of an idea about some of the changes to the health and safety law which will be…
  • Forests, farms and fire (Access: unrestricted)
    Michelle Harnett
    The most severe fire season for a decade is a reminder of just how vulnerable forests and farms can be to fire. Awareness, prevention and preparedness, with a little bit…
  • Consequences of the current fall in energy prices (Access: unrestricted)
    Wink Sutton
    On 17 December 2014 the New Zealand ethical investment company Prometheus collapsed and was put into receivership. The company invested in renewable energy areas such as bioenergy, solar and wind…
  • The importance of the National Exotic Forest Description for small-scale forest owners (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack
    The National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) provides reliable, comprehensive information which cannot be obtained from other sources. In the 1960s and 1970s tables were developed describing New Zealand’s forest area…
  • Deadlines for the Emissions Trading Scheme and safe carbon (Access: unrestricted)
    Stuart Orme
    Growers with forests still in the ETS need to be aware of a couple of deadlines coming up. One is the voluntary emissions returns for 2014 and the other is…
  • An Australian farm forester (Access: unrestricted)
    Philip Ashley
    John Woodley is as much at home talking about trees as he is motor cycle racing and fighter planes. The one thing you can count on is that a conversation…
  • President's Comment (Access: unrestricted)
    Ian Jackson
    This will be my last column as President of the NZFFA, as I am standing down at the Whangarei Conference and will be replaced by Far North member Dean Satchell.…
  • A lot going on with safety in forestry (Access: unrestricted)
    Julian Bateson
    A lot has been happening recently with regard to safety in forestry and on farms. In late February the Safer Farms project was launched, in early March there was a…


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