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  • Steve Wyn Harris, Marlow Hill, Hawkes Bay branch
    July 2014
    A 350-hectare drystock property with 34 hectares in forestry. Trees are mainly pine; also eucalypts, cypresses and a range of nut trees. Planting has been on steeper parts of farm…
  • McRae Trust, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay branch
    July 2014
    This Trust-owned farm is set up to demonstrate best land use practices on east coast. hill land. Pine plantations are established on steeper, erodible land, plus there are widespread poplar…
  • Alec Olsen, Valhalla, Hawkes Bay branch
    July 2014
    Trees play a big part on Alec's 300-hectare drystock rolling hill country property. Alec describes how his plantings bring multiple benefits including erosion control, shade, shelter, water quality, biodiversity, aesthetics…

Articles and Reports

  • What would ole' Gus think?
    August 2022
    After several years of trying, we finally managed to deliver an autumn field day at the Guthrie Smith Arboretum… The arboretum has been described as one of Hawke’s Bay’s best kept secrets……
  • Guide to Successful Farm Forestry - a Hawkes Bay Perspective
    July 2024
    First published in 2006, the ‘Guide to Successful Farm Forestry – a Hawke’s Bay Perspective’ was a collaboration between the Hawke’s Bay Farm Forestry Association and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.…

Tree Grower articles

  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2013 - Ewen McGregor (Access: unrestricted)
    Angus Gordon, August 2013
    This year’s award winner has achieved in a dry land environment what many aspire to achieve in more benign parts of New Zealand. Situated on the banks of the Tukituki…
  • Hawke’s Bay 2011 weather bomb (Access: unrestricted)
    Marie Taylor, November 2012
    Coastal Hawke’s Bay is still suffering the effects of last years April storms. More than 600 mm of rain in only 48 hours in late April 2011 caused massive damage…
  • Harvest time at Patangata in central Hawke’s Bay (Access: unrestricted)
    Ian Cairns, February 2012
    As a couple we had always enjoyed summer camping. We continued this tradition when our two girls were young. Wellington’s climate is not its strong point and we loved the…
  • Harvesting radiata pine at Tinui (Access: unrestricted)
    Harriet Palmer, November 2011
    In April 2011 we harvested a 1.5 hectare block of 1985 radiata pine. The block was planted by previous owners of the land under guidance of Wellington Regional Council, and…
  • Tinui Forest Park (Access: unrestricted)
    John Purey-Cust, November 2011
    The all-day visit to Tinui was one of the post-conference options offered at the end of the 2011 Masterton conference. I had only met its founder Allan Levett once, but…
  • Air New Zealand and the environment (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, November 2011
    Mangarara Station is a 610 hectare sheep and cattle farm in Elsthorpe, central Hawke’s Bay farmed by Greg and Rachel Hart. In 2008 they approached Air New Zealand about forming…
  • Logs a quarter of Napier exports (Access: unrestricted)
    Jade Elstone, November 2011
    The Port of Napier has been a part of the Hawke’s Bay landscape since 1875 when the Napier Harbour Board Act was passed. At that time the port was situated…
  • Pan Pac an important part of Hawke’s Bay economy (Access: unrestricted)
    Jade Elstone, November 2011
    Pan Pac Forest Products is an integrated forestry company based on the outskirts of Napier. Established in 1971, with operations starting in 1973, the company was originally a joint venture…
  • Conifer timber species choices (Access: unrestricted)
    Kevin Thomsen, November 2011
    Recent Hawke’s Bay farm forestry field days and articles have discussed the merits, or otherwise, of conifer species choices compared to macrocarpa. Firstly, let me be clear about macrocarpa. It…
  • Thriving forestry industry in Hawke’s Bay (Access: unrestricted)
    Warwick Hesketh, November 2011
    Hawke’s Bay is perhaps better known for its vineyards and orchards than it is for forestry. Framed by the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges to the west and the Pacific Ocean…
  • Savage storm shreds coastal Hawke’s Bay More trees would reduce future erosion problems (Access: unrestricted)
    Marie Taylor, August 2011
    The massive April storm which hit coastal Hawke’s Bay in April was a wake-up call. Garth Eyles, the Napier-based land management consultant, said that people were panicking about the damage…
  • Husqvarna North Island Farm Forester of the Year 2009 - David and Ngaire Bryant (Access: unrestricted)
    David and Ngaire Bryant, May 2009
    Longview was originally part of Olrig Station. It returned to the Lands and Survey Department after the World War I because of the ‘harshness of the climate and the fact…

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