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Newsletter 102, August 2017

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 102, August 2017
In this issue

Updates to emissions Trading Scheme

Durable eucalypts on drylands: Protecting and enhancing value

Poplar and willow newsletter

Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability


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

Immediate 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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Correction to earlier notice
MPI would like to correct the notice in our last newsletter because of misconceptions around MPI's involvement in a Permanent Forest Interest Group. This group will not be MPI led, nor will it be a reference group. The MPI proposal is that NZFFA form an interest group, run by NZFFA for participants of the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative and other interested parties. The purpose of the group is to share information between group members and be a forum for MPI staff to share information.

Consultation on Safetree Contractor Certification Standards
The Forest Industry Safety Council has requested that all NZFFA members, as FISC stakeholders, are invited to support the final consultation of the Safetree Contractor Certification Standards; see the
document here >>

Sustainable Farming Fund open for applications
Applications to the Ministry for Primary Industries' Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) opened 1 August, with $7 million available for applied research projects led by the primary sector that help boost rural communities, our economy and the sustainability of our environment. More >>

Net Zero New Zealand
The conclusions and recommendations include forestry as a key component.


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.

  • Taranaki branch field day  Carbon, bees, production forestry and conservation When: Sunday 27th August Where: Okahutiria Road, Whenuakura/Waverley HOSTS:   Tuku Bush investors –Wellington NZFFA member Paul Stephenson will present to us. Michelle Bird,…
  • NZIF Conference  NZ Institute of Forestry Conference Rotorua Where: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai St, Rotorua When: 3rd to 6th September 2017
  • Forest Growers Research Conference 2017  When: Tuesday, 17 October - Thursday 19 October 2017. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport, 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch. Outline: Tuesday, 17th October 2017        Conference Day 1  (Start time…
  • ForestWood 2018 Conference  When: Wednesday 21 March 2018 Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Website: ForestWood 2018 is the 5th in the conference series, jointly hosted by Forest Owners…


NZFFA members can set up their own blogs on the NZFFA website. Email Dean.

Reports (Members Area)



Updates to emissions Trading Scheme

ETS Review: The recently released Government review of the Emissions Trading Scheme has received a distinctly negative reception from forestry interests (see below). There are four significant recommendations:

  • Plans for the Government to auction units (i.e. carbon credits) to align ETS with climate change targets.
  • The NZETS will be reopened to international units at some stage but with unspecified limits on participants.
  • A different price ceiling scheme will be developed to replace the current $25 ceiling.
  • Co-ordinate decisions on supply settings for NZETS over rolling 5 year average

Emission intensive Trade Exposed Industries, (TEIs), i.e. energy intensive exporters will continue to get free carbon credit allocations.
They are waiting for a Productivity Commission inquiry before making further decisions and a package of options for forestry will be developed next year with input from the Climate Change Forestry Reference Group. Some might say that most key decisions have just been kicked down the road.
The response from forestry has focused on the ongoing uncertainties and consequent lack of confidence for new planting.
At about the same time a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (see below) recommended that Parliament makes climate change policy a bipartisan policy and also suggested they look at the British approach which has a Climate Change Act and a Climate Change Commission. The Government’s response seems to have been negative.

As a result of stage two of the NZ ETS review, the Government has made in-principle decisions on a package of four proposals to improve the operation of the NZ ETS in the 2020s. More >>

Follows are some forest industry responses:

Climate change target solutions but not for forestry

Lack of motivation on forest plantings creates emission trading imbalance

Short sighted ETS review sending wrong message


Durable eucalypts on drylands: Protecting and enhancing value

The presentations are availabe at the NZDFI website for the workshop held in April this year, which was supported by the Neil Bar Farm Forestry Foundation.


Poplar and willow newsletter

The NZ Poplar and Willow trust are now putting out regular newsletters which we will be linking to. Here is their August 2017 newsletter >>


Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has issued a rallying call to MPs of all parties: it’s time to come together to tackle climate change.

In 2008 the United Kingdom House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in support of a new climate change law. It is a law that sets up a process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the future – a process that endures through changing Governments.

Some have suggested that New Zealand should follow the UK and enact similar legislation. In this report, the Commissioner examines the merits of this proposal, and makes recommendations accordingly.

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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