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Newsletter 108, April 2018

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 10349
The Terrace
Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 108, April 2018
In this issue

New reports and information on the NZ ETS released

New Approach to manage myrtle rust

Growing Confidence in Forestry's future Newsletter, April 2018

Scion Connections newsletter, March 2018

New free online forest productivity calculator for small growers

Tool for tree planting potential on Taranaki farms


Neil Cullen
-North Otago
-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
-Gisborne East Coast

Michael Orchard
-West Coast

Hamish Levack

Patrick Milne
-North Canterbury
-Central Canterbury
-South Canterbury

Peter Berg
-Lower North
-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace
-At large



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Annual General Meeting – Forest Growers Levy Trust Inc
Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Forest Growers Levy Trust Inc will be held on:

Tuesday 1 May 2018 – 1.00pm
ForestWood Centre Boardroom
Level 9, 93 The Terrace

Under Rule 13.4 of the FGLT Constitution, any Actual Levy Payer may attend a General Meeting provided that 2 business days’ notice is given to the Trust of the Actual Levy Payer’s intention to attend a General Meeting. 
An Actual Levy Payer is any forest owner who paid the levy during the financial year 2017. 
The business of the Annual General Meeting will include receiving the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Board, and any other business appropriate for an AGM.  
Actual Levy Payers are invited to attend the AGM in Wellington on 1 May to discuss the reports. If you intend to attend please email to advise.                
David Rhodes


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.

  • International Forest Engineering conference 2018  When: 16-19 April 2018 Where: Holiday Inn Hotel, 10 Tryon St. Rotorua 6th International Forest Engineering Conference (FEC2018), for a full description please visit the FEC 2018 conference information page. Use this website to…
  • Middle Districts branch field day  The April field day will be at Malcolm Nairn’s property, Makino Road, Feilding. Date: Tuesday 24th April Time: 10.30 a.m. Venue: The Nairn property 1061 Makino Road Feilding but!!!!! If it’s…
  • 7th National Forest Ecosystem (FES) Forum and Workshop  When: 8-9 May 2018 Where: Te Papa in Wellington. This year’s theme is ‘Integrating Forest Ecosystem Services into decision making processes’.  The event will be addressing the question on how ecosystem…
  • Gisborne East Coast field day  Where: David Clark’s Waingake road. When: Wednesday 23rd May. 1-30 p.m. Turn off S.H.2 at Manutuke to Waingake road; about 3 km. on the left is the old quarry were we…
  • NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards  This is New Zealand’s only Timber Design award event and allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber. Professionals worldwide are using wood in often new…
  • Forest Growers Conference and Field Trip 2018  Day 1: Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 9:30am - 4:30pm.  Conference Dinner and Science Awards 6:00pm Pre dinner drinks 7:00pm Dinner/Awards Day 2: Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm. Conference Day 3:…


  • Ringbarking as a method for thinning trees Dean Satchell's blog, April, 2018.  Radiata pine, because of a long history of genetic improvement, is often planted at stockings of less then 1000 stems per hectare. Douglas fir, on the other hand, is often…

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

Reports (Members Area)


New reports and information on the NZ ETS released

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has released two reports on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) market, as well as some new information on the scheme and on NZ’s emissions.


The two reports we released on 12/4/2018 are:

We will be using the information from the reports for our work on NZ ETS market information and governance and will provide advice to Ministers in mid-2018.  Consultation with stakeholders will follow in the second half of 2018.

New NZ ETS and emissions information is now available

The Ministry for Primary Industries have started publishing information on the processing of Mandatory Emissions Returns (MERs) for post-1989 forestry participants. These statistics will help market participants better understand New Zealand Unit supply in the NZ ETS. This information will be updated fortnightly and can be found here.

We have recently updated New Zealand’s emission projections. Please see here for information on how these projections and New Zealand’s provisional carbon budget for 2021-2030 relate to the NZ ETS.

New Zealand’s national greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2016 is now released. The inventory is the official annual estimate of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions and removals in New Zealand. Following this, there has also been an update to New Zealand’s net position, which tracks progress towards our unconditional 2020 emissions reduction target.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the issues identified above, please email

The NZ ETS team
Ministry for the Environment – Manat? M? Te Taiao
Email: Website: 
No.3 The Terrace, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143

New Approach to manage myrtle rust

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation say the fight against the plant disease myrtle rust is changing gear, given the prevalence of the disease across susceptible parts of New Zealand.

Myrtle rust has now been confirmed in the Tasman region at the top of the South Island, which means the disease has been found across almost all regions identified as most vulnerable based on habitat suitability and wind patterns.

"When myrtle rust was first discovered on mainland New Zealand in May last year, we said it would be a challenging disease to contain and eradicate but we would give it a good crack," says MPI's myrtle rust response spokesperson Dr Catherine Duthie.

"There has been an enormous operational effort over the past 11 months, but the windborne nature of the disease means that containment has not proved possible. We have signalled for a while the likely need to change gear from intensive surveillance and the removal and destruction of host plants to one where we look to manage the disease over the long term."

The fungus has been found in Tasman region on ramarama (Lophomyrtus) on a residential property in Collingwood in Golden Bay, and a commercial property at Pohara. In addition, MPI has confirmed infections on 5 properties at Omori on the south-western edge of Lake Taup?, which is also a new region for infection.

"We now have well over 540 infected sites across the North Island and now the top of the South," says Dr Duthie. "Because of the windborne, pernicious nature of the disease, we have to anticipate that there are likely to be many more infected sites beyond these."

Dr Duthie says the focus of efforts now had to be placed on a science programme designed to lift our understanding around the disease such as ways to treat myrtle rust, resistance and susceptibility, and to improve seed banking collection.

More >>

Growing Confidence in Forestry's future Newsletter, April 2018

GCFF Newsletter 8 is out now and includes:

Research updates

New mid-rotation fertiliser initiatives growing value
Nine mid-rotation trials have been established over the last two years at sites ranging from Topuni in the far north and Berwick in the south...

Nitrogen leaching trial in Kaingaroa Forest
Scion soil scientists, in collaboration with Prof. Brian Strahm from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, have recently finished installing a nitrogen leaching trial in Kaingaroa forest...

Progressing sector-led biuret trials
Timberlands and Rayonier/Matariki have launched their own pilot trials with biuret based on successful results of the biuret trials carried out within the GCFF programme to determine the extent of any potential nutritional and growth benefits to their forest estate...

Phenotyping for Precision Forestry

Tree-based phenotyping is characterising individual trees using a set of 50 crown metrics. Tree-based phenotyping will ultimately enable true precision forestry right down to the individual tree and micro-site level, requiring a long-term research and development horizon.

Scion Connections newsletter, March 2018

Scion Connections newsletter 27 is out now, and includes:

Growing a biofuelled New Zealand
New Zealand could build a renewable low carbon transport fuels industry - but only if we as a nation get our act together. A new report by bioenergy specialists looks at how New Zealand could grow and process feedstock crops into liquid biofuels. Read More >>

Unleashing the power of forestry
Right now is an interesting time for New Zealand and Scion with two forces propelling new thinking. The global trend to a bioeconomy and circular economy approach is increasingly being led by consumer pull, which we are seeing in New Zealand also with actions such as the recent ‘Ban Plastic Bags’ petition. Such consumer demand coincides with our new government’s strong focus on forestry. Read More >>

Intergenerational land management solutions
“Kia mau ki te whenua, hei oranga mo te iwi” – “Hold onto the land as sustenance for our people”, is the vision statement of Rotoma No.1 Incorporation. The incorporation are investigating a new land use system that fulfils their unique requirements. Read More >>

New weapons in the battle for urban biosecurity
Biosecurity officials receive over 10,000 reports of suspected new pests and diseases in New Zealand every year. Managing these invaders in densely populated urban environments presents an array of growing challenges. Read More >>

The economic impact of optimising radiata pine stand density
Optimising radiata pine stand density could increase the net value of New Zealand’s plantation estate by $1.7 billion. Scion scientists used productivity indices to develop a model that predicts the optimum final crop stand density. They developed productivity maps covering the whole country. Read More >>

New free online forest productivity calculator for small growers

A new online calculator for radiata pine and Douglas-fir productivity is now available, free of charge.  

The Forecaster Calculator was built for owners and advisors of small forests, who can use it to test out different management scenarios for their forests, according to what they want to produce – for example, it can provide estimates of the volume and log product mix on a particular site at a particular age.  More >>

Tool for tree planting potential on Taranaki farms

Press release - New Zealand Government, 6th April 2018

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide $250,000 for the development of a digital tool for farmers to assess the viability of planting trees on Taranaki hill country farms, Regional Economic Development and Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced.

“Landowners will be able to use the simple digital tool to identify the return on investment and benefits of planting trees on their hill country farms,” Shane Jones said.

“It could help accelerate tree planting in the hill country from current rates leading to jobs, and environmental and social benefits. The tool could include decision-making help on the Emissions Trading Scheme and utilising tools such as SEDNET, which is used to predict land management effects on erosion and sediment yield.

“It also supports the One Billion Trees programme and has positive benefits through an increased contribution to climate change mitigation, enhanced water quality, soil protection and biodiversity.

“Taranaki has about 80,000 hectares of hill country in low-producing pastoral grassland that would be better suited, in terms of sustainable land use, to some form of forestry or vegetative cover. Yet there has been a gap of practical information to help farmers with their decision making.

“For more marginal farm land, there’s clear evidence that supports higher returns for forestry per hectare compared to drystock over the rotation of a forest,” Shane Jones said.

The Taranaki Regional Council will lead the work as it has well-established relationships with hill country farmers to help diversify their land use where needed.

The development of the tool will take about 12 months and will serve as a pilot project which could be replicated in other regions. The $440,000 initiative is being co-funded by the Taranaki Regional Council, which will play a major role promoting the tool. 


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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