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Newsletter 109, May 2018

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 109, May 2018
In this issue

FSC - Consultation seeking comment

Long-tailed and short-tailed bats

Proposed changes to ACC levies

NES-PF gazetted

Low emissions economy - NZ Productivity commission

MPI's forestry unit launched


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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Forest grower levy analysis:
Levy comparisons by sector 2017
Strategic allocation of levy funds, 2018 budget
Enquiries or feedback Glen Mackie


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.

  • Opportunities for replacing coal with wood fuel for process heating  Free webinar, Thursday 24th May 2018, 2pm.  Process heating in New Zealand could be 100% from renewable energy instead of coal.  A large part of that substitution could be from use of…
  • Mid North branch field day  When: May 26, 2018 10.30 am Where: Trefoil Park Directions: 5816 Mangakahia Road (10 Km south of Kaikohe) In 2017 Jennifer Ives purchased this 81-ha property from Girl Guiding NZ. She…
  • National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Workshop  The Ministry for Primary Industries and New Zealand Institute of Forestry are hosting a series of workshops to enable operational foresters, contractors and forest owners to better understand the NES-PF.…
  • Workshop: Transitioning from coal to wood fuel in Otago  30 May 2018, Wains Hotel, 310 Princes Street, Dunedin EARLBIRD extended to 21 May Building on the success in Southland Otago is already taking up the opportunities. There is a steady…
  • Durable eucalypts Workshop/Research Update  When: Tuesday 19th June 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm Where: University of Canterbury School of Forestry, Christchurch The University of Canterbury and NZDFI will hold a free workshop in Christchurch on…
  • GCFF workshop  You are invited to participate in the upcoming Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future workshop on ‘Site specific management for productivity gains based on soil and foliage information’ which will be…
  • Conference of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations You are invited to attend the conference of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO): Extension and Knowledge Exchange (EKE) which will be held from 9-13 September 2018 in…
  • 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:…


  • The local market for Lusitanica and Macrocarpa timber Murray Grant's Blog, May, 2018.  For the last 25 years I have been developing the local market for Lusitanica and Macrocarpa timber. Our sawmill sources trees from predominantly plantations. Coming from Dairying then owning a…

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

Reports (Members Area)


  • Biosecurity Levy Proposal May, 2018. as it affects Plantation Forest Owners. Consultation Document: The New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) and the NZ Farm Forestry Association (FFA) acting on behalf of New Zealand plantation forest…
  • Advisory group has the right mix for huge land use challenge May, 2018. The Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir says Shane Jones’ just announced Advisory group has the right mix of forest industry background and experience to take the industry forward into…
  • Forest industry backing judgment against forest companies April, 2018. Forest industry associations are supporting penalties imposed in the District Court against Bay of Plenty forest owner Whitikau Holdings and two harvesting contractors. The companies pleaded guilty to charges laid…

FSC - Consultation seeking comment

The NZ Standard Development Group (SDG) are pleased to announce that the second public consultation draft of the FSC National Standard for Certification of Plantation Forest Management in NZ is now available for comment and feedback.

All necessary documentation and information is located on the NZ Forest Management Standards Consultation page on the FSC New Zealand website. This includes a revised draft of the Standard and SDG decisions on submissions.

Please remember to send your feedback to by 5pm on 22 June 2018.


Long-tailed and short-tailed bats

The bats poster summary and guidance documents are now available on the FOA rare species website.


Proposed changes to ACC levies

Creating healthier and safer workplaces together – key information and video:

People are your business’s most valuable asset. ACC is proposing some new, enhanced products they believe will help lead to healthier and safer workplaces and they’d like to know what you think. These products will more closely link your health and safety performance with the amount you pay ACC. So, it’s important you understand what’s being proposed and how it might affect you.

Find out more and have your say at

For a quick flavour of what’s being proposed, see the video?

Tim Carthew, ACC


NES-PF gazetted

The Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry) Amendment Regulations 2018 were gazetted on 26 April 2018 and are now available on the NZ Legislation website.

These came into force on 1 May 2018.

The amendments (of which there are 12) are of a minor and technical nature and bring additional clarity and consistency to the NES-PF providing greater certainty to foresters and local government.

Amendments include clarification or correction on:

  • Wilding conifer control;
  • Existing river crossings;
  • Indigenous vegetation clearance;
  • Erosion Susceptibility Classifications referenced in the NES-PF; and
  • Councils ability to be more stringent to give effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

Updated guidance (plan alignment guide; user guide and consent and compliance guide) is now available on the MPI website.

If you have any questions in relation to the above please either phone 0800 00 83 33 or email

Elizabeth Heeg, MPI


Low emissions economy - NZ Productivity commission

The Productivity Commission's draft report on transitioning to a low-emissions economy is now available. Download the draft report here, or the "at a glance" report here.

The Government asked the Commission to identify options for how New Zealand can reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions through a transition to a low-emissions economy, while at the same time continuing to grow income and wellbeing.

The Productivity Commission invite you to contribute to the next stage of our inquiry and share your feedback on the Draft Report. Make a submission here by 8 June 2018.

See some comments on the draft report from the Bioenergy Association here ».


MPI's forestry unit launched

The NZ Government has launched its new forestry service, but it's yet to decide on its exact function, size and governance structure. Te Uru Rakau will be in charge of delivering the Government's One Billion Trees programme.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones made the announcement in Rotorua last Friday. "Te Uru Rakau will build a strong and dedicated forestry presence in Rotorua, recognising that Rotorua is at the heart of the forestry sector in New Zealand. Forestry is our third largest export earner - with an annual gross income of about NZ$5 billion - and has the potential to grow," the Minister said.

The Government also announced a new Ministerial advisory group made up of 10 forestry experts. The Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group will help provide advice on delivering the One Billion Trees programme. It will be possible to follow the One Billion Trees programme online with a virtual tree counter.

"This will be updated weekly throughout the winter planting season and will show how many trees have been planted, the number of tree seedlings sold and the percentage of native versus exotic species," Mr Jones said.

The service will get NZ$15m of funding in Budget 2018. New Zealand First is claiming it as a win, with Fletcher Tabuteau saying re-establishing New Zealand's forestry service is a key aspect of the coalition. "As an MP based in Rotorua, I'm particularly happy to see our region's proud forestry industry once again put in the spotlight," Mr Tabuteau said.

Source: Newshub


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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