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  • Small-scale harvest near Upper Hutt (Access: unrestricted)
    Eric Cairns, May 2019
    As many of you will know, I have been experimenting and advocating for continuous cover forestry for many years. Recently I chaired the NZFFA group looking at the economics of…
  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2017 - Eric and Annette Cairns (Access: unrestricted)
    May 2017
    Eric and Annette Cairns have an eight-hectare property Fantails which is five kilometres east of Upper Hutt. They purchased the gorse, bracken and scrub property in 1985 with the intention…
  • Harvesting a small woodlot: Trials, tribulations and lessons (Access: unrestricted)
    Gavin Adlam, November 2016
    In 2015 we engaged a contractor to harvest our small block of pines – approximately 2.5 hectares – on our six hectare block. The trees were planted in about 1994…
  • The Kapiti Proposed District Plan - A tale of two halves (Access: unrestricted)
    Don Wallace, November 2015
    We own 60 hectares of rural land in the Otaki Gorge, about 70 km north of Wellington, most of which is in forestry. In late 2012 the Kapiti Coast District…
  • Misapplication of the Resource Management Act (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, May 2013
    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…
  • The cost of monitoring consents (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, May 2013
    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.…
  • A Wellington Regional Council perspective on harvesting (Access: unrestricted)
    Christina Schierlitz, February 2013
    Regional councils in New Zealand have a responsibility to look after the natural resources in their districts. This includes land, water, air, soil, minerals, energy, plants and animals. Harvesting trees…
  • Husqvarna North Island Farm Forester of the Year 2012 - Roger and Daphne Reddington (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, May 2012
    Roger and Daphne live at Chilly Brook in the upper Akatarawa valley, north of Upper Hutt. Roger first worked in the vicinity as a carpenter at a sawmill which had…
  • The Kargan story (Access: unrestricted)
    Gary Blake, Rob Aspen and Alan Milne, May 2009
    In 1965 two young engineers and a hydrologist employed by the Ministry of Works and Development out of Whangarei became involved with a group to plant trees on gorse covered…

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