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Newsletter 110, June 2018

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

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 110, June 2018
In this issue

NZ Timber Design Awards finalists chosen

Consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill

Proposed changes to ETS forestry rules

Video guidance for emissions trading scheme


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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Safety-Related Training

The Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC) is looking at what safety-related training small woodlot owners want/need. To make sure that the training courses will be of most benefit to you personally, please fill in the short (10 question, 3 minute) web-based questionnaire at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our NZFFA FISC representative, Don Wallace,

Forestry Bulletin Autumn 2018

  • Global trends augur well for tree market future (D Rhodes - Opinion Piece);
  • Harvesting companies' certification and mechanisation brings safer harvesting;
  • NES-PF operational;
  • ForestWood 2018: Forestry is truly in the spotlight;
  • Te Uru Rakau - the promise of many things;
  • Forest Advisory Group has range of backgrounds and interests;
  • FOA takes message to Takaka;
  • New People in Regional Wood council leadership;
  • New Associate Minister of Forestry appointed;
  • Australian forest industry leader likes our farm forestry

Download the forestry bulletin here »

GCFF 2018 Conference Presentations
The 5th Annual GCFF conference – “Current innovations and opportunities in forest management and productivity” was held on 4-6 April 2018 in Rotorua. Presentations from the conference are available to download here»


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.

  • Central Canterbury branch winter solstice lunch  The booking has been confirmed for the Central Canterbury Farm Forestry Association winter solstice lunch on Saturday, June 23, at the Two Fat Possums restaurant, West Melton. If you haven’t…
  • Waitomo branch annual dinner  Where: Caves Motor Inn, S.H.3, Hangatiki When: Friday 29 June 6.00pm What: The usual a-la-carte dinner followed by guest speaker Who: Wade Glass, Spectrum Corp, new owner of the Tregoweth sawmill Topic -…
  • NZIF conference - “The Power of Collaboration in the forestry industry”  Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, 9th to 11th July 2018. We have a great line up of speakers covering: Government targets for new planting, domestic processing supply, and carbon, International perspective on industry…
  • 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…
  • Enabling technologies to combat Phytophthora diseases  Healthy trees, healthy future showcase – Kauri breeding and partnerships workshop When: 21-23 August 2018 Where: Scion, Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua Day one Powhiri and indigenous nursery…
  • 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:…


  • Is there a case for timely pruning? Wink Sutton's Blog, June, 2018.  Two principles have emerged from a lifetime of plantation management research − That the size and the quality of trees at harvest are determined by the decisions at the time of…

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


  • Protecting our Eucalyptus trees June, 2018. Scion are undertaking community pre-consultation on a proposed biological control of the Eucalyptus tortoise beetle. Eucalyptus plantations are a recognisable part of New Zealand’s diversified forestry industry. They provide pulp and…
  • Forest industry reputation damaged by mobilisation of forest harvest residues May, 2018. The successful prosecution of a forest management company by the Marlborough District Council has been endorsed by the Forest Owners Association. Merrill and Ring has been fined $39,000 and ordered…

NZ Timber design awards finalists chosen

NZ Wood has announced the eagerly-awaited Stage Two Finalists for the 2018 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. Both local and international companies look to these awards for timber design inspiration. Our projects are the equal of others worldwide, as this year’s crop of entries proves!

Stage Two of the judging process will take place on August 7, when category winners and the supreme winner will be decided. All winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland on September 20, 2018.

To view this year’s finalists click here.


Consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill

The Ministry for the Environment has started consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill

Submissions on the following questions are due on the 19 July:

  • Should a new emissions reduction target for 2050 treat all gases that cause climate change the same, or should we take a different approach to different gases depending on whether they cause short-term or long-term warming?
  • How do we ensure settings laid down in law provide the necessary certainty to business and communities?
  • What’s the right balance of power between the Independent Climate Change Commission and the government of the day?
  • And how should we manage the impacts of climate change and develop a plan to adapt?


Proposed changes to ETS forestry rules

Proposed amendments to Climate Change Forestry Sector Regulations 2008 have been proposed by Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw.

Submissions are being called for public feedback on proposed changes which would enable the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme to operate more effectively for forestry.

Twelve proposed changes have been identified which will:

  1. address gaps and weaknesses in the current carbon accounting methodology, and correct other technical issues that have become apparent to MPI and participants since the regulations were last amended;
  2. simplify the operation of the forestry components of the ETS, without running counter to longer term solutions (that require legislative change); and
  3. reduce fiscal and reputational risk to the Crown.

Download the document here >>


Video guidance for emissions trading scheme

MPI has created a series of short videos (5 minutes each) to help participants with MER calculations. The 11 video series covers all aspects of emissions returns, from the basics such as emissions return periods to advanced calculations that involve harvesting and replanting. Each video covers a different aspect of emissions returns. 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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