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Newsletter 111, July 2018

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

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 111, July 2018
In this issue

Spare pine seedlings for 2018 planting

Training and Careers - June 2018

Dothistroma pine needle blight

Wildings News: Winter 2018


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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Levy Board referendum: Planning is underway for the next referendum on the future of the Forest Growers’ Levy. By law, growers have to vote on the future of the levy every 6 years (yes, it’s 6 years already) so the levy Secretariat is preparing to ensure everyone is informed well in advance. Later this year there will be mail outs, and road shows around the country to which you’ll be invited.

The Forestry Industry Safety Council is looking at safety-related training for small woodlot owners and it’s important that their resources are aimed where they will do the most good. To make sure that the training courses will be useful to you and yours, please fill in a short survey (10 questions, 3 minutes) on


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.

  • Middle Districts branch mid-winter dinner & talk  Our mid-winter dinner-talk this year will feature Pamela Bell, CEO of PrefabNZ, the organisation that represents the various companies designing and manufacturing prefabricated buildings, with emphasis on developments with wood…
  • Mid Otago Farm Forestry Evening  Wednesday 18 July 2018, Outram Hall.  7.30 pm Topic: Possums, Rabbits, Ferrets, Feral Cats, Rats, Wasps, Spiders and much more. Speaker: Peter Visser of Key Industries Key Industries Ltd are a leading NZ…
  • Taranaki branch AGM  The AGM and dinner will be held; Friday 20th July 6.30 pm (arriving from 6pm) Volcano View Restaurant 1917 Egmont Road Egmont Village (towards the mountain from the village) Details…
  • 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…
  • South Canterbury field day  Notice of meeting, Tuesday 31st July, 1 pm, Riddells Reserve, Geraldine. Meet at the end of Hislop Street. Programme:  Gary Foster from Timaru District Council will be on hand to talk about…
  • 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…
  • GCFF Workshop  Wood quality variation in radiata pine: Implications for the current and future resource 23 August 2018, Rotorua (9:30 am – 3:30 pm, venue to be confirmed) Scion welcomes you to…
  • 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…
  • Phenotyping forests - a potential game changer for planted forests  Given the long lived nature of plantation forest tree species and the real world environments that they are planted into it has not been possible to easily explore the phenotype…
  • 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:…
  • NZFFA Special Interest Group seminar  Te Awamutu 3–4 November 2018 Come to Visit the Waikato Summary: Sat 9am 3 Nov visit to Wilson property, Otewa Sat 2pm visit Forsythe property Te Kawa Dinner and Speaker…


  • Steepland harvesting in Northland Dean Satchell's blog, June, 2018.  Innovation always interests me. Some innovations become lost to time while others become the next step in evolution and lead to greater things. Often they are just a minor tweak to the…

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

Reports (Members Area)


Spare pine seedlings for 2018 planting

Crown Forestry advise that there is a decent quantity of spare pine seedlings available in 2018, which were pre-ordered for Joint Venture planting and are surplus to requirements this year.

They are – ex-Northland (Northland Forest Nursery - ) 350,000 “Stand Select” (improved genetics but no GF rating as it’s open pollinated seed) bare-rooted seedlings available for the current (2018) planting season.

Crown Forestry are happy to make the seedlings available - ex the nursery in Kaikohe – at their cost price of $305 per thousand.  (This price includes the Radiata Pine Breeding Co-op (RPBC) royalty of $11 per thousand).

Deliveries would have to be arranged by the purchaser.

Kathryn Hurr | Principal Adviser, One Billion Trees 
Sector Partnerships & Programmes | Te Uru Rākau - Forestry New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatu Ahu Matua | Pastoral House 25 The Terrace |
PO Box 2526 | Wellington 6140 | New Zealand
Telephone: 64-4-894 0170 | Mobile: 027-894 0170 | Web:


Training and Careers - June 2018

The NZFOA/NZFFA Training and Careers Committee was established in late 2017, replacing the Technical Advisory Group which sat under the Forest Industry Safety Council. The committee is made up of reps from the Forest Owners Association (FOA), Farm Forestry Association, Forest Industry Contractors Association, New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF), Ministry for Primary Industries, Competenz, various training organisations and the School of Forestry.

Click here for a summary of the 2018 work programme.


Dothistroma pine needle blight

Dothistroma is a needle blight that affects the health and growth of pine trees. Each spring and summer, affected forests around New Zealand are aerially sprayed with a copper fungicide to control the disease.

The Dothistroma Control Committee (DCC), a sub-committee of the NZ Forest Owners Association Inc (NZFOA), coordinates this spray programme on behalf of all forest owners. The Committee is concerned that forest owners or managers of small blocks may overlook the presence of the disease in their forests until serious damage to the stands has occurred. In addition, untreated stands create a source of infection to neighbouring forests.

The Committee’s services are available to all forest owners - large or small, to ensure the best control of the disease in the most cost effective manner.

The DCC purchases bulk supplies of copper fungicide at competitive rates on the world market; purchases spray oil; and contracts aerial application of the spray.

The Committee, which is non-profit making, is also responsible for monitoring the programme and reviewing new research and developments that might improve the programme. The DCC members are from major forest growers, Farm Forestry Association and Scion.

In order to ensure that the most competitive flying rates are received, the Committee requires requests for spraying to be made by late-August of each year.

If assistance is required to assess levels of infection, you should contact one of the NZ Forest Owner’s Association approved Forest Health Surveyors, a Registered Forestry Consultant, or someone trained in Dothistroma assessment.

Forest owners are urged to act promptly so that their forest can be scheduled on the work programme for this season. For enquiries or assistance with spray programmes contact:
The Secretary, Dothistroma Control Committee, P O Box 1035, ROTORUA Phone: (07) 3323454; or mobile (0274) 885940


Wildings News: Winter 2018

Impressive progress made
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme has reached the end of its second year, and already the progress that has been made is truly impressive. Across massive tracts of New Zealand’s iconic tussock, and mountain landscapes, where only a short time ago the trained eye would have spotted the march of early wilding conifer invaders, there are now virtually no wilding conifers to be seen. In fact, in most cases it is hard to believe that there was ever wilding conifer problem in the first place!

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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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