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  • Trees on Farms Videos: Returns from Harvesting
    Farmers talk about their recent experiences (around 2011) in harvesting small blocks of Radiata pine that were planted for erosion control, or on marginal land. Their income ranged from $15-50,000…
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Insurance

Treegrower articles:

  • Is your forest insurance cover still suitable?
    Jo McIntosh, August 2015
    There is nothing like a significant disaster to get people rushing to review their insurance cover. That sinking feeling and wondering if you are covered is never a good experience.…
  • Drought and fires ? another challenging time for forest owners?
    Jo McIntosh, May 2015
    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…
  • Insurance for forest and rural fire liabilities
    Jeremy Manks, February 2015
    All individuals or businesses are exposed to liability for damage or personal injury caused by fire. However the Forest and Rural Fires Act imposes extra liabilities within rural fire districts.…
  • Changes in the forestry insurance market
    Geoff Manks, February 2014
    The NZI brand has been synonymous with New Zealand forestry insurance over the past 30 years. They entered the market when few other insurers would, or could, and built a…
  • Forest owners’ liability insurance
    Jo McIntosh, February 2014
    As we look forward to some sunny days, owners of standing timber might also want to give some thought to the increased risk which a hot dry summer brings. If…
  • Insure your trees and help benefit the NZFFA
    Jo McIntosh, November 2013
    Insuring trees is often overlooked, but standing timber can play an important role in the income of many farmers. It seems an anomaly that farm foresters more frequently choose to…
  • Insurance for woodlots and farm foresters
    Darryl Hawke, May 2012
    There is a long history of farm forestry insurance in New Zealand. Although many small forest owners have sought to protect their investment with insurance, some have opted to take…
  • What is risk management?
    Jane Marsick, May 2012
    All farms face risks which can potentially affect the assets or income. In terms of a small forest, many of the risks are fairly obvious such as fire or storm…
  • Risk management and insurance
    Rural Fire Authority, May 2012
    The conversion of land from forestry to pasture has gained momentum in recent years. While most of this land is destined for dairying, many sheep and beef farmers retain forestry…
  • Carbon insurance liability
    Geoff Manks, February 2012
    You may be a forester growing trees for the purpose of trading your carbon credits, or you may provide professional advice to those involved in carbon forestry, or carry out…
  • Insuring carbon in your trees
    Geoff Manks, November 2010
    It is reasonable to ask how you can insure something which without help, you cannot see, hear or feel. Following the introduction of the ETS, forest owners who trade their…
  • Risk management and insurance
    Keith Hales, February 2005
    This is the first of a two part series of articles on risk management and insurance. The next article will address insurance, but before considering spending money insuring your trees you…
  • Forestry insurance - the next steps
    Keith Hales, May 2005
    The risk management article in the February issue of Tree Grower discussed the basics of managing risk. What was said there can be applied to any risk including driving a…

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Legal and Tax

Treegrower articles:

  • Forestry with lifestyle
    Murray Downs, May 2006
    Some business and tax advice for new owners seeking to combine forestry with lifestyle benefits. To be eligible for tax deductions on your forestry property, your activities need to qualify…
  • Death, your forest and taxes
    Murray Downs, February 2006
    Two accountants are in a bank when armed robbers burst in. While several of the robbers take money from the tellers, others line the customers against a wall and proceed…
  • Business and environment friendly tax changes
    Ian Cairns, November 2005
    Farm foresters could benefit from recently announced tax changes. These changes are designed to encourage environmental expenditure and site restoration, such as riparian and other new bush or forestry planting.…
  • Are you in the business of forestry?
    Murray Downs, November 2005
    As a farm forester, what tree tax deductions are you entitled to? It all depends whether you are a lifestyler, investor, farmer or forester. This article looks at the main…
  • Loss attributing qualifying companies: Perks and your checklist for quirks
    Murray Downs, May 2005
    From a purist’s tax perspective, using a loss attributing qualifying company (LAQC) to own your forest is a real perk. And the government knows it. An LAQC is a company…
  • Buying or selling land with standing timber
    Murray Downs, February 2005
    When selling or buying property, there are two elements to consider with regard to standing timber – Will it be taxable? How is it valued? Standing timber by itself does…
  • Taxation of forestry
    NZFFA Information leaflet No. 15 (2005). Over the past couple of decades, a number of different regimes have provided for the taxation of forestry ventures. The following provides an overview of…

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