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New Zealand Tree Grower, May 2013

  • Progress with hardwood forestry
    Dean Satchell
    The Sustainable Farming Fund-backed work of the Eucalyptus Action Group and farm foresters are producing promising results. Trees from research packs planted 10 years ago around New Zealand are providing…
  • Southern portable sawmilling
    Blair Stewart
    I never set out to be a sawmiller. However, after a stint at farming as a teenager, and at the time looking for a change of direction, I was offered…
  • Using a portable sawmilling service
    John and Ben Bergman
    Mahoe Sawmills design and manufacture a range of portable sawmills from the factory in Kerikeri. The first machines were made after a delegation of Russians visited the family farm to…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Forester of the Year 2013, Charles and Sandy Wiffen
    Author not published
    The Wiffen’s homestead is on the west side of State Highway 1 north of Parnassus, but the vast majority of their 1,400 hectare Inverness property lies on the east side…
  • Pining in the sand hills, Episode two
    Gwen and Chris Bossley
    In the November 2008 Tree Grower we described our progress to that date. For four years, from 1982 until 1985, we planted 13.4 hectares of sand hills which were covered…
  • Trees for protection – native or otherwise
    Jim Flack
    In geological terms, New Zealand is a young country and still growing. Tectonic plates grind beneath us, pushing the land upwards, while our maritime weather systems try to wear it…
  • The cost of monitoring consents
    Hamish Levack
    My neighbour David Smith and I needed to up-grade a couple of kilometres of steep road which crossed a river twice in order to get wood out of our forests.…
  • An inspiring wood advocate, Canadian architect Tye Farrow
    Wink Sutton
    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of experiencing a presentation by the Canadian architect Tye Farrow. Jane Arnott, CEO of NZ Wood, deserves credit for arranging Tye’s visit…
  • Truffles - an optional extra for woodlots
    Jax Lee
    Over the last 20 years a truffle industry has been developing in New Zealand, with more than 60,000 infected trees now planted throughout the country on more than 150 sites.…
  • Patching Earth’s quilt - Planting trees for people, profit and the planet
    Henrik Moller
    The main title of this article is an adaptation of a brilliant book by Professor Nancy Turner called The Earth’s Blanket. She recorded the knowledge of indigenous people from Canada…
  • Neil Barr Farm Forestry Foundation
    Foundation Trustees
    Most readers will know about the Neil Barr Foundation and its broad purpose, but few would be aware of its success to date. Over the last 14 years, since 1998,…
  • Alexander Trust shelterbelt spacing trial
    Paul Silcock
    Shelterbelts suffer from many of the ailments which exposed, open-grown radiata crops on fertile farmland are often accused of possessing. Rapid growth rates and unbalanced crowns which are exposed to…
  • Misapplication of the Resource Management Act
    Hamish Levack
    In February, the Ministry for the Environment floated a paper which discusses some critical restrictions to more effective resource management. It also proposes ideas to produce greater national consistency and…
  • Remove your ETS obligation for very little cost
    Stuart Orme
    It has been suggested that the ETS has passed its sell-by date and there is little more to say. I would suggest that this could be yet another view versus…
  • Management of kauri dieback
    Nick Waipara
    Our kauri is under threat from an emerging disease commonly referred to as kauri dieback. It has already killed thousands of kauri trees and will spread further unless all forest…
  • President's Comment
    Ian Jackson
    The long hot summer is now over, with good rain falling over much of the country. Farmers can now look forward to next season and be hopeful that weather and…

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