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Newsletter 100, May 2017

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 10349
The Terrace

Wellington 6143


Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   May 2017  No. 100
In this issue

Worksafe report - "A different Kettle of Fish: Small and medium scale forests"

SafeTree news


Neil Cullen
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Sthn High Country (south)

Past President & Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

National Office
Phone: 04 4720432


Angus Gordon
-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay

Michael Orchard

Hamish Levack
-Gisborne East Coast

Patrick Milne

-West Coast
-Central Canterbury
-North Canterbury

Peter Berg

-Lower North

-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace



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For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.

  • Southland branch field day Forest Harvesting Visit. When: Tuesday 6th June 1.30 pm Where: Southland District Council Dipton Forest, Entrance on the left of SH6. Dipton - Winton Highway (Approximately 3 km north of…
  • Short Course: Evaluating biomass energy systems Date: 8 June 2017 Where: Kelvin Hotel, 6 Kelvin St, Invercargill, New Zealand FREE attendance at the Wood Energy South Symposium plus special registration plus membership deal (details on registration form -…
  • Waitomo Farm Forestry Annual Dinner When: Friday 30th June 2017 Where: Caves Motor Inn, Hangatiki Time: 6pm for Dinner at 6.30pm Guest Speaker:  Jo Russell,  Manager ,  Otorohanga Kiwi House.
  • Waitomo Branch field day When: Saturday 27th May 2017 Where: Brooke Park, Te Kuiti Time: 1.30pm Meet: At the back of Bosco’s Cafe Purpose:   Visit the plantation of trees that Waitomo Farm Forestry planted in the 1970’s.…
  • Forest Ecosystem Services forum in the Marlborough Sounds you are cordially invited to attend the Forest Ecosystem Services regional forum on Tuesday 24th of May 2017 (8:00am to 4pm) at Havelock Marina in the Marlborough Sounds. The forum…



  • Wood and speciesJohn Purey-Cust Ponders I was encouraged to read in a recent Southland Times that living in a wooden house gives health benefits. The reporter’s name (Natalia Didovich) sounds Russian and Russians like wood,…
  • Corruption in forestry has serious long-term consequencesWink Sutton's Blog Interpol has estimated that the annual global cost of corruption in the forestry sector is of the order of US$29 billion. This supply of wood has had the effect of…

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Reports (Members Area)



Worksafe report - "A different Kettle of Fish: Small and medium scale forests"

WorkSafe have produced a series of research reports on the Forest Industry. Report 2 is focused on SME’s. 
Report 2: A Different Kettle of Fish: Small and medium scale forests
The research found that WorkSafe’s focus on small-scale forestry is warranted. This report discusses the specific issues faced in small-scale forestry and the differences between harvesting woodlots and farm forests, and large, industrial forests.
Download Report 2: "A different kettle of fish - Small and medium scale forests [PDF 1.2MB]

This link will take you to all reports. Note: Report 8 is a summary report of the 7 individual reports

SafeTree update

Recent posts on SafeTree:

Safe winter driving

May 10, 2017
Winter’s approaching – and that can make driving even more hazardous. So, check out these top tips on keeping safe on the roads: Driving to the conditions AA has some useful tips on smart driving. These include: Before winter check... More >>

Safetree to launch certification scheme

April 28, 2017
Safetree is launching a certification scheme for forestry contractors following a successful pilot of the scheme. Safetree Contractor Certification will provide forestry with a single contractor certification scheme. More >>



Disclaimer: Personal views expressed in this newsletter are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the NZ Farm Forestry Association.




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