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Newsletter 117, January 2019

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 117, January 2019
In this issue

$36 million to tackle regional erosion

Forest Growers Research update

Changes to NZ's ETS


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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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.

  • Conference 2019: “Fast Forward” 15-20 May 2019, Rotorua

The Bay of Plenty Branch welcomes you to the 63rd Annual Conference that will be based in Rotorua with field-trips across the Bay of Plenty.

This Conference and Expo will bring together: technical and economic information, land owners and investors, service providers, new technologies and policies, new ideas and fresh perspectives, along with plenty of time to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances. More >>

  • World Wetlands Day, Hawkes Bay  Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay would like to invite you to join us in celebration of World Wetlands Day, Saturday 2 Feb 2019. This Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay event is in partnership with Department…
  • Middle Districts branch field day and AGM  Dougal and Di’s “Rough as Guts Harvesting” When: Tuesday 12th Feb. Note, second Tuesday to ensure the harvest is still underway. Where: The McIntosh property woolshed, 634 Tokomaru West Road. Gather before 10.30 am. View logging…
  • Wellington and Wairarapa Branch field day  Alternatives to clear-felling for radiata pine: starting the conversation Wednesday 20th February, 1pm-4pm Tinui Forest Park Ltd, Tinui, nr Masterton Continuous cover forestry (CCF) means, in practical terms, managing forests without…
  • Wellington branch AGM  Sunday 24th February - AGM and Oak arboretum visit The branch AGM will be held on 24 February at Arthur and Irene Hall’s forest, Rangiora Road, Reikorangi. Normal AGM stuff will be…
  • One Billion Trees Fund Information Sessions  Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand (part of the Ministry for Primary Industries) is holding a short series of introductory information sessions on the recently launched One Billion Trees…
  • 2019 Biosecurity Conference  Operational biosecurity: We're all responsible for making it happen Where: Scion (Rimu Room) When: March 5-6 Optional dinner at Urbano Bistro on 5 and 6 March The theme is operational biosecurity, and…
  • SafeTree Conference  When: 13th and 14th March Where: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel, Christchurch FISC and FICA are proud to partner to get our foresters home safe each night. Click here for a detailed…


  1. Risk analysis for cypress species relevant to forestry to inform biosecurity response
    Lindsay Bulman & Ian Hood, Scion
  2. New eucalypt pests and diseases: what is the risk and how should we respond?
    Ian Hood & Lindsay Bulman, Scion


Market Report

$36 million to tackle regional erosion

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) has announced funding of almost $36 million through the Hill Country Erosion Fund (HCEF) to enable much-needed erosion control in the regions.

The HCEF supports proposals to protect our most vulnerable hill country landscapes, where the main treatment is tree planting.

"We're pleased by the level of interest from councils, with 12 applications received in this latest round – 4 of which were from regions that had not previously applied," says Julie Collins, deputy director-general of forestry and head of Te Uru Rākau.

"It shows the importance they are placing on sustainable land management and treating erosion in their regions."

Ms Collins says the loss of productive land through erosion has a significant impact on the environment and the sustainability of New Zealand land.

"The annual cost associated with hill country erosion is estimated to be between $100 million and $150 million through lost soil, nutrients and production, and damaged infrastructure and waterways," says Ms Collins.

"The 12 new HCEF programmes will take place between July 2019 and June 2023 and will deliver significant improvements in erosion control.  For example, these range from building regional capacity and capability to plant trees, to farm planning and land treatments including planting poplars, willows and other indigenous and exotic species.

"We estimate that over 4 years, these programmes will result in more than 13 million trees being planted and treatment of more than 21,000 hectares of land," says Ms Collins.

"These will contribute to the Government's One Billion Trees Programme, and deliver environmental and a range of other benefits across the country."

Additional information about the HCEF >>


Forest Growers Research update

Harvesting & Logistics Programme
Forest Growers Research Annual Conference 2018 - Summaries, Presentations and Videos 
  • Technology and Automation
    • Harvesting Technology and Automation Trends - R Visser, University of Canterbury
    • Pest Eradication in Urban Areas - J Kerr, Scion
    • Automation and Robotics in Harvesting - K Raymon, FGR Ltd
    • Sensors and Analytics in Forestry - B Graham, Scion
  • Market Access and Logistics
    • C3 Scanning Technology - G Murphy, Research
    • Methyl Bromide Recapture - M Self, Genera
    • EDN and Other Technologies - I Gear, STIMBR
    • Kawerau Terminal Project - R Radics, Scion


Changes to NZ's ETS

Throughout August and September 2018, MfE, MPI and Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) consulted on proposed improvements to the ETS. Over 250 submissions were received from businesses and industry groups, iwi and Maori, community groups and individuals; the majority of which supported the Government’s proposals. Copies of the submissions can be viewed at

Changes are to include establishing a framework which will enable New Zealand’s emissions under the ETS to be capped in future. This would restrict the number of units supplied into the scheme, increasing the incentive to reduce emissions. Improvements will focus on providing more certainty to scheme participants, with auctioning introduced into the ETS in a way that aligns the supply of units with New Zealand’s emission reduction targets. The cost containment reserve, operated through the auctioning mechanism, will replace the current price ceiling. The Government will also investigate the potential introduction of a price floor in the scheme.

Information about the forestry changes planned for the ETS can be found by visiting the Ministry for Primary Industries webpage. Forestry Minister Shane Jones at the announcement said “We’re making good on our promise to encourage more forestry and make better use of land, especially on erosion-prone land. By establishing a permanent forest, with indigenous or exotic species, land owners will be able to better optimise their non-productive agricultural land and enjoy income from the sale of New Zealand units, while also increasing biodiversity and reducing erosion."

Operational improvements will remove barriers to participation and compliance. Changes to offsetting and tree weed provisions will increase land-use flexibility while ensuring that the ETS supports afforestation and discourages deforestation. Also, the addition of permanent forests to the emissions trading scheme will replace the current Permanent Forestry Sink Initiative.

See Shane Jones press release.


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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