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 Covers all aspects (but now being superceded by Tane’s Tree Trust publications).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).
Farm Forestry - Headlines
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- Stock Take of the Commercially Viable Alternatives to Pinus Radiata
Wednesday, October 04, 2023
Scion has published a “Stock Take of the Commercially Viable Alternatives to Pinus Radiata” for MPI, which reviews alternative species, their expected growth rates, climatic range, resilience to pests or…
- SNA regulations 'confusing ecological naivety'
Thursday, July 06, 2023
Forest Owners say the just released National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) is a classic bureaucratic formula of confusing ecological naivety which will not help rare species and likely…
- Primary sector leadership not addressing economics as the real climate change issue
Tuesday, July 04, 2023
The immediate past president of the Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) says the leaders of the primary sector and government are ineffectively tinkering with lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Graham West says the…
- Forest Owners hail ‘Biosecurity Hero’
Monday, May 22, 2023
The Forest Owners Association and Scion want more people to report suspicious imported wood products which might be infested with introduced wood and forest pests. FOA Biosecurity Manager, Brendan Gould,…
- Ministerial inquiry could have widespread implications for Tairawhiti community
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry says the just announced Tairawhiti land use inquiry is recommending measures which will stop the very activities which are vital for the region’s recovery.…
- Tairawhiti land use inquiry not addressing wider issues
Sunday, May 14, 2023
The Forest Owners Association says the Ministerial Inquiry into landuse in Tarawhiti has a core of practical recommendations, but has not addressed some more difficult and fundamental issues. President, Grant…
- Forest Owners say carbon-only forestry should be kept off productive land
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
The Forest Owners Association would like to see production forestry and farming on productive land – rather than this land used for carbon-only forests. It says this should be a…
- Opportunities from Trees Workshops - NZ Wide
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
The NZ Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) is running 18 extension workshops in May and June with a target audience of landowners, or people with access to land, who are potential tree…
- Forest Owners back more trees for Tairawhiti
Sunday, April 16, 2023
The Forest Owners Association has told the Ministerial Inquiry into land use in Tairāwhiti, that the region’s future has to include more trees for land stability. But it appreciates forest…
- Small scale woodlot owners have their say in Tairawhiti Land use Inquiry
Sunday, April 02, 2023
he outgoing President of the Farm Forestry Association says it has been vital for farm foresters to directly address the Ministerial Inquiry into forestry and other land use in Tairāwhiti.…
- Future forests need to be multifunctional to meet climate change in Tairawhiti
Thursday, March 16, 2023
The Farm Forestry Association says the just convened Ministerial Inquiry, into land-use across Tairāwhiti, needs to look closely at the tree options for shoring up vulnerable farm and former forest land in…
- Hill country farming campaign shows they think climate change is someone else’s problem
Thursday, March 09, 2023
The Forest Owners Association says the latest campaign against forestry, led by Beef+Lamb New Zealand and 50 Shades of Green, is climate change responsibility denial, and is dangerous in the…
- Forest Owners says two months too brief to look into the complex land issues in Tairawhiti.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The Forest Owners Association says the two month long inquiry into land use in Tairāwhiti doesn’t give enough time or depth to find solutions. The Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins has…
- Forest Owners want genetic technology approved
Thursday, February 16, 2023
The Forest Owners Organisation says New Zealand needs to concentrate on the safety of genetic technology on a case-by-case basis rather than persisting with blanket bans. The FOA wants approval…
- Fieldays Forestry Hub to demonstrate that forestry is a solution
Monday, November 28, 2022
A range of solutions to farmers’ current problems will be on display in the Fieldays Forestry Hub near Hamilton between 30 November and 3 December, says Farm Forestry Association president,…
- Innovative uses of forestry and wood products unveiled at Fieldays
Thursday, November 24, 2022
New and innovative uses of forestry and wood products will be on display at 35 stands in the Fieldays Forestry Hub near Hamilton between 30 November and 3 December, including…
- Pine conspiracy needs reality check
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Farm Foresters are saying journalists and commentators need to educate themselves about the reality of plantation forestry. The FFA President, Graham West says ‘Frequent anti-pine rants on Newstalk ZB and…
- Farming’s forestry hysteria
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Beef &Lamb NZ and Federated Farmers media release on recent results of an opinion survey on forestry offset adds to the misuse of information that’s building alarm and public hysteria…
- Foresters ask James Shaw if the government wants more trees or not
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Foresters are saying a suggestion by Climate Change Minister James Shaw to centralise buying carbon credits in central government, and decoupling the Emissions Trading Scheme from forestry, is a message…
- NZFFA submission on Industry Transformation Plan
Thursday, October 06, 2022
The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a draft Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan. This is a welcome contribution and appears to be well researched, but we feel…