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Newsletter 120, May 2019

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 120, May 2019
In this issue

Harvest residue on Erosion Prone Land report released

Report: An alternative to clear-felling radiata pine

ETS Improvements - Summary of Submissions

Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels: the next great landscape transformation?


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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Health and safety Guidelines for Field Days
These have been prepared by Allan Laurie and are available on the website. Branches, please review these before holding field days.

Levy Vote supported in referendum
Forest owners have overwhelmingly voted to continue the Commodity Levies Act Levy Order for Harvested Wood Materials for another six years.

The audited voting results just received from the independent agency who conducted the referendum, Research New Zealand, are:

  Owner vote Hectare vote
Yes 456 89.1% 875,604.32 99.0%
No 56 10.9% 5,698.90 1.0%
Total 512 100% 881,303.22 100%

Both of the voting majorities were higher this time than in the inaugural levy vote in 2013. 

In 2013, the Owner Vote majority was 86.3 percent and there was a Hectare Vote majority also of 86.3 percent.

This year’s total vote cast is slightly fewer than the 588 who voted in 2013.

The largest area represented by a ‘no’ vote in 2019 was 620 hectares.

Specialty Wood Products Partnership reports
These are now available to NZFFA members on the NZFFA website.


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.

  • Mid Otago Farm Forestry talk  When: Tuesday May 21st Paul Greaves will talk about his work with Manuka including honey and oil. He has also worked on extraction of oil from Douglas Fir. See…
  • 2nd Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum  Creating healthy communities and ecosystems for a resilient future, 2-6 September 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand The Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum (OESF) 2019 will be held from 2-6 Sept 2019 in Christchurch and will bring together…


  • Eucalypt Pudding  Shem Kerr's blog, May, 2019.  The trouble with specialty timbers is they're like Ostrich feathers the niche market can disappear before your eggs have hatched. Back in the wood old days…
  • Building System Legislative Reform Programme, public consultation Dean Satchell's blog, April, 2019.  The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) administer the building code and are proposing major changes to NZ's building laws to: increase the quality of information about building products;…

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

Tree Grower articles

  • Major Specialty Wood Products partners lead the way
    Harriet Palmer and Peter Berg, May 2019
    The Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership is a government and industry partnership which aims to develop high-value markets for timber from alternative, or specialty, species. The partners include several major large-scale…
  • A new phase of science innovation
    Russell Dale and Harriet Palmer, May 2019
    Contributing to a low-carbon future for New Zealand, boosting forest productivity and health, reducing environmental impacts and improving worker skills and safety, are all behind a new science innovation strategy…

Reports (Members Area)

Market Report- May 2019

  • Export prices under downward pressure
    Market Report- May 2019 Export prices under downward pressure For the first time in quite a while export prices have come under downward pressure as markets respond to a combination…

President's comment, May 2019

  • The government has important decisions to make this year on how the country will meet its commitments for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. It is getting advice on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 from many different sources including the Interim…
    More »


Harvest residue on Erosion Prone Land report released

A report responding to the debris floods in Tasman and Tolaga Bays last year has been released.

In August 2018 Forest Growers Research convened a workshop in Auckland on managing slash and harvest residue on erosion prone land.

The workshop followed severe storms Motueka in February and Tolaga Bay in June.

Another workshop of a wider group of stakeholders, including Te Uru Rākau, Federated Farmers and local government, was convened recently in Auckland to update on a number of initiatives that are underway.

A number of companies also reported the work they were doing to minimise debris flow risks and it was clear that considerable progress on risk reduction, both short and long term, was being achieved.

 The report Harvest Residue Management on Erosion Prone Land is now available.


Report: An alternative to clear-felling radiata pine

Target diameter harvesting (TDH) is selective felling and extraction of individual trees once they reach a certain diameter. A successful and well-known TDH system based on radiata pine is found at Dr John and Rosalie Wardle’s property, Woodside, Oxford, North Canterbury.

The question this project aimed to answer is: ‘Can the Woodside TDH system be profitably applied to other radiata pine woodlots?’

This feasibility study explores alternatives to clear-felling for radiata pine.


ETS Improvements - Summary of Submissions

A report summarising submissions received during the public consultation on proposed improvements to the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) during August and September 2018 is now available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website.  The report can be accessed here.

The press release announcing this publication can be accessed here.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is preparing a separate summary of submissions on the proposed changes to NZ ETS forestry settings. This will be published on the MPI website during May.

Feedback received during the public consultation process has informed Government decision-making on improvements to the NZ ETS. A first tranche of improvements to the NZ ETS was announced in December and further decisions are expected to be made this year. We expect that a bill to amend the Climate Change Response Act 2002 will be introduced to Parliament in the second half of this year. The public will have the opportunity to provide further feedback on proposed improvements to the NZ ETS when the bill is referred to Select Committee.

NZ ETS consultation team
Email: Website:
Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao
Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand 


Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels: the next great landscape transformation?

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a report “Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels: the next great landscape transformation?” on 26 March, but it was immediately trumped by the Government announcing the introduction of “Averaging” of carbon credits for all new forests planted after 2021. Like the children marching for climate change, the timing was unfortunate. However I think Simon Upton did a good job. Here is my brief take:

  1. He is effectively suggesting that we have two ETS schemes, one for biological industries and one for fossil fuel industries. The aim is to bring gross emissions from fossil fuels to zero. I can’t argue with the goal.
  2. Biological industries would be encouraged to plant trees for offsets; industrial emitters would not. I liked his reasoning about using trees to offset the temperature rise from biological emissions. I also liked the fact that if industrial emitters were discouraged from planting forests, they would not be driving an investment wedge between farmers and foresters.
  3. He suggested that industrial emitters could buy international credits rather than NZUs. That suggests, but doesn’t demand, a level of parity between NZUs and international units. However,
  4. If industrial emitters are not allowed to buy NZUs, prices will be constrained by demand from agriculture. Will that be sufficient for strong carbon prices? Upton said he was modelling $40 to $140 per tonne of CO2 and demand for forests would exceed the billion trees by several times, so maybe.

    Interesting stuff. More paper to add to the seawall, or will it have a real impact? I picked up three copies just in case I need them for building materials.

Howard Moore


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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