Indigenous species - Information resources
- Establishing native hardwood trees for timber
NZFFA Information leaflet No. 24 (2005). There is in New Zealand a constant demand for high quality wood products made from native species, including hardwoods, principally for joinery, furniture and the…
- Natives for Timber or Amenity
Nothing can be more rewarding for a forester than creating and nurturing a native plantation from 10 years on their size, growth rate, form and rapid maturation looks and feels…
- Growing NZ Beech for timber
In this page: Site selection for beech How many should I plant Pruning beech Thinning beech New Zealand has five native beech species, commonly known as red, black, silver, mountain…
- Growing totara for timber
In this page: Site selection for Planted totara How many should I plant? Pruning totara Thinning totara Totara (Podocarpus totara) is one of New Zealand’s most easily grown native species.…
- Wardle’s Native Trees of New Zealand
Wardle, J., & Platt, I. p. (2011). Wellington: Bateson Publishing.
A comprehensive and accessible guide with over 300 colour photographs. Each tree species is described and illustrated, and the botanical and ecological details are supplemented with information about their uses. Order your copy »
- Bush Vitality Assessment
Janssen, H. (2006). Bush Vitality Assessment (revised edition). New Zealand: Helmut Janssen.
A visual assessment kit for native bush, especially small remnant areas. Also has information on establishing new forest, the use of exotics, and erosion control.
- Expanding economic viability for sustainably managed indigenous beech forests
Donnelly, R. H. (2011). Expanding Economic Viability for Sustainably Managed Indigenous Beech Forests. Christchurch: NZ School of Forestry.
Comprehensive report focusing on markets and the market potential for indigenous beech. SFF project 05/048, co-funded by University of Canterbury, NZFFA, Maori Trustee.
- Indigenous forestry: Sustainable Management
NZ Ministry of Forestry, & NZ Farm Forestry Association. (1998). Indigenous Forestry: Sustainable Management. Wellington, NZ: NZ Ministry of Forestry.
Handbook, general guide to principles and practice of indigenous forestry; focus on management of existing forest. Covers all aspects (but now being superceded by Tane’s Tree Trust publications).
- Farming with Native Trees: A guide for farmers from Northland to Waikato.
NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 5
Mike Dodd and Helen Ritchie (eds)
Practical advice plus a range of case studies from the northern North Island but relevant to other areas.
- Kauri: ecology, establishment, growth and management.
NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 2
David Bergin and Greg Steward
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising kauri
- Native forest restoration: A practical guide for landowners
Porteous, T. (1993). Native Forest Restoration: A practical guide for landowners. Welliington, NZ: Queen ELizabeth the Second National Trust.
Very useful practical handbook. Mostly covers environmental restoration but much detail on propagation, site preparation, planting and maintenance.
- Native Trees: Planting and early management for wood production, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3
Bergin, D., & Gea, L. (2005) New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3 (pp. 44). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising most important native species.
- New Zealand’s Native Trees
Dawson, J., & Lucas, R. (2012). New Zealand's Native Trees. New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing.
Award-winning book: comprehensive coverage and botanical photos of all NZ’s native species.
- Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation, Vol. 3: Native Plants
Hathaway R.L. (1986) Vol 3: Native Plants. Wellington: National Soil and Water Conservation Authority.
Using native plants for soil conservation.
- Pohutukawa: ecology, establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 4
Bergin, D., & Hosking, G. (2006) Pohutakawa: Ecology, establishment, growth and management. New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin Series No. 4 (pp. 104). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. More on conservation / ecological values than other bulletins in this series but does have details of timber use, growth and forestry potential.
- Sherry river native plant establishment: ‘Best bet’ guidelines.
Nick Ledgard and David Henley, 2009. Scion, PO Box 29237, Fendalton, Christchurch
A practical, well-illustrated 8-page guide designed specifically for inland northern South Island – but basic principles would apply to most sites.
- Planting and Managing Native Trees: Tane’s Tree Trust Technical Handbook
2011, Tane’s Tree Trust.
Comprehensive set of full-colour notes covering various aspects of indigenous forestry. Focus on establishment of new plantations. Regularly updated and added to.
- The Native Trees of New Zealand
Salmon, J. T. (1986). The Native Treees of New Zealand: Reed Methuen.
- The New Zealand Beeches: Ecology, utilisation and management
Wardle, J. (1984). Wellington: NZ Forest Service.
Slightly out of date on management aspects but excellent for ecology of the beeches.
- The New Zealand beeches: establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6
Smale, S., Bergin, D., & Steward, G. (2012). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6 (pp. 64). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Full colour handbook covering all NZ’s beech species. Incudes management of natural stands and some information on establishing new plantations. Best available information on all aspects of growing and utilising the beech species.
- Totara: establishment, growth and management NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No.1
Bergin, D. (2003). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 1 (pp. 40). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Full colour handbook: practical advice on growing and managing totara in NZ.
- Totara: Existing uses and market development opportunities for naturally regenerating totara timber
Quinlan, P., & Northland Totara Working Group. (2011). NZ Landcare Trust. Sustainable Farming Fund. Northland Totara Working Group.
Comprehensive report with practical information about harvesting, processing and marketing totara. Northland focus but relevant elsewhere. SFF project (L10/145).
- Alternatives to heart kauri for boat-building: Bending properties of planks of clear and finger-jointed radiata pine and second-growth kauri
FRI Bulletin No. 27, Parker, J. R. (1983).
- The Seasoning of New Zealand Beech Species
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 14, R.K. Bagnall (1971).
- The Air Drying of Beech in Westland and Nelson
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 9, NC Clifton (1968).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (a) Sawing Studies at Three West Coast Sawmills
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 54, JC Vaney, RK Bagnall, DR Page (1976).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (b) Application of a four Stage Seasoning Schedule
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 55, JC Vaney (1976).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (c) Suitability for Manufactured Products
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 56, JC Vaney, RK Bagnall, REJ Docking (1976).
- Riccarton Bush: Putaringamotu
Brian Molloy (ed) 1995
Detailed description of managing a bush block, including excellent ecological history of Canterbury.
- Standards and Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Indigenous Forests (3rd edition)
NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). (2007). (3 ed.). Rotorua: Indigenous Forestry Unit, MAF Policy. (The framework for MAF (now MPI) sustainable forest management plans and permits).
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- Greater role for a public forestry service
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Media Statement from Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Forestry A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by the Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional…
- Expansion of Forest Service role a vital move
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the just announced creation of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service heralds the potential to fix vital bottlenecks in the initial stages of the forest industry…
- Plantation forestry ranks best for land use
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The just released Ministry for the Environment’s latest environmental report scores exotic forestry highly for its low impact on soils. The MfE report identified exotic forests as the land use by far…
- The NZIF Foundation Awards & Scholarship Applications Now Open
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The NZIF Foundation is offering the following awards in 2021: Future Forest Scholarship for post graduate research of up to $10,000 Up to two scholarships available Otago Southland Award One or…
- Foresters celebrate scooping primary industry awards
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says taking out three of the four category prizes in the Primary Industries’ Good Employer Awards this week is a sign the forest sector has come…
- Log supply not the cause of timber shortage
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Forest organisations have joined to reject statements that the current shortage of framing timber is caused by foresters selling logs to China and not leaving enough timber to be processed…
- Farm Foresters fired up to play a role in land use issues.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Farm foresters are now excited and fully informed to play a role in helping role solve NZ land use issues says the incoming association president, Graham West. They have just…
- Wairoa foresters forced to subsidise local meatworks
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Foresters in the Wairoa District are appalled that a part of their recent rate increase will go to propping up the local meatworks. Wairoa District Council disclosed at a meeting…
- Foresters say pines to be relied on to meet climate targets
Monday, February 01, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the Climate Change Commission has endorsed the crucial role exotic forestry will carry out in meeting New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emission targets in 2030…
- Forest Growers Levy rate to increase for the first time in seven years
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Directors of the Forest Growers Levy Trust have raised the rate on Harvested Wood Materials, for the first time since the levy was introduced by a forest grower referendum in…
- Forest Growers Levy Board increases Levy to 33 cents per tonne
Thursday, November 26, 2020
The Board of the Forest Growers Levy Trust has increased the Levy rate to 33 cents per tonne of harvested wood materials, the first increase in the Levy rate since…
- Minister's Roots In Forestry
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The Minister of Forestry, Stuart Nash when speaking at the annual Farm Forestry Awards last Tuesday, announced he had started his career in farm forestry and as a student pruned trees…
- Forest industry says main political parties abandon forest industry
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Forest industry says main political parties abandon forest industry at economic and environmental cost The Labour and National parties’ policies on forestry, leading into the election, are disappointing to forest…
- Taxpayers to pick up carbon cost if production forests are restricted
Friday, September 18, 2020
The Forest Owners Association says taxpayers are likely to have to pay billions of dollars for imported carbon credits, if planting production forests is to be restricted with the idea…
- Forest industry says government wood preference policy good for economy and environment
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Forest owners say the government’s announcement of a policy to give preference to low greenhouse gas emission materials in government construction will be good for both the environment and for…
- Election forestry policy unnecessary
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Right now, we are in a Covid-19 recovery phase and an election year. Farmers feel good about keeping the economy going, but are challenged by climate change, freshwater regulations and…
- New construction policy will deliver more timber use
Monday, July 06, 2020
The Forest Owners Association says the MBIE announcement of ‘Building for Climate Change’ will mean more timber is used in New Zealand construction. FOA President Phil Taylor says he’s been…
- Feds telling their members they can’t sell land for forestry
Sunday, July 05, 2020
The Forest Owners Association is startled that the new Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chair is asking the government to restrict the right of farmer members to plant trees or…
- New business agreement with ForestX
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
NZFFA has negotiated a Referral and Collaboration Agreement with ForestX NZ Ltd, who provide transaction support for the sales of forests, land and standing timber. The seller pays a listing…
- Promised forest limit trashes zero carbon goals by at least 30,000 hectares a year
Monday, June 22, 2020
The Forest Owners Association says New Zealand’s carbon zero goal is seriously in doubt after a statement by the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, that the government would ‘need to…