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Newsletter 121, July 2019

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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 121, July 2019
In this issue

Harvest Residue Management on Erosion Prone Land

NZ ETS Improvements and the Zero Carbon Bill

Improvements to the NZ ETS - further decisions announced

$14M to expand LiDAR mapping across NZ


Hamish Levack

Immediate Past President
Neil Cullen
-North Otago
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Sthn High Country (south)

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 - Co-opted
-Lower North
-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace
-At large

Egon Guttke

-At large


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Cypress Hybrid trials
Scion has released 12 new canker resistant cypress hybrid clones and the Cypress development Group are looking for trial sites throughout New Zealand. We ask that interested parties come forward and offer sites of around half a hectare to accommodate 180 cypress trees. We are aiming for 100 separate sites around New Zealand. Please contact Vaughan Kearns, 027 4457138 or
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NZFFA Annual Conference - “Fast Forward” 15-20 May 2019, Rotorua
Conference presentations »

Dothistroma needle blight spray programme
Annual aerial spraying programme, information for growers

Regretfully, due to staffing problems that are in the process of rectification at the NZFFA national office, certain Association events, and recent Council and Executive meeting minutes have not been posted in this newsletter.
Hamish Levack, President


  • Blackwoods - selecting the best trees Ian Brown's Blog, July, 2019. In theory, there are two simple steps in tree improvement. Select a provenance that matches your site, and from it identify trees with superior traits to breed from. However in…
  • Transitioning to a low carbon energy future Brian Cox's Blog, June, 2019.  The talk of transitioning to a low carbon energy future seems to be more about continuing the status quo rather than actually having a transformation. It seems also to be…

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


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…
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Harvest Residue Management on Erosion Prone Land

The Forest Owners Association and Forest Growers Research have recently distributed a Workshop Report, Harvest Residue Management on Erosion Prone Land.
Any queries can be forwarded to Russell Dale, NZ FOA.


NZ ETS Improvements and the Zero Carbon Bill

On Wednesday 8 May 2019 the Government announced Zero Carbon Bill policy decisions (see announcement here), including setting new emissions targets for greenhouse gases. This email provides an update from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) on the work programme for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS).

The NZ ETS will support the aims of the Zero Carbon Bill

We are continuing our work programme to improve the NZ ETS to ensure it is fit for purpose to help meet the new targets set through the Zero Carbon Bill and our targets under the Paris Agreement following the public consultation held in August/September 2018.  

The Government announced a first set of decisions to improve the NZ ETS in December 2018 and further decisions to improve the NZ ETS are expected to be announced soon. The next step will be developing settings for unit supply and price control measures in the NZ ETS. The Government expects to consult on these settings later this year.

For more information on how the Zero Carbon Bill will provide the framework for our transition to a low-emissions and climate resilient Aotearoa New Zealand, see here.

If you have any queries, you can reply to us at

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


Improvements to the NZ ETS - further decisions announced

16 May 2019

Tēnā koe
We would like to let you know the Government has made a second set of decisions on improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). These decisions, along with the decisions announced in December last year, are designed to help the NZ ETS better reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage afforestation.

Submitter feedback was critical to inform these decisions and we want to thank all those who submitted on the Improvements to the NZ ETS consultation. In summary, the decisions are to:

  • improve rates of compliance within the NZ ETS
  • make the scheme more transparent to participants and the public
  • prepare for robust and transparent NZ ETS auctions
  • transition from the fixed price option to the cost containment reserve
  • enable a potential price floor in future
  • establish a separate market governance work programme.

More information about these new changes is available on the Ministry’s website on the ETS consultation page. You can read the press release by Hon James Shaw on the announcement on the Beehive website.

All these decisions, including decisions on industrial allocation that are expected in the coming months, will form a bill to amend the Climate Change Response Act 2002. The bill is expected to go before Parliament this year. You will have another opportunity to provide feedback on the planned improvements to the NZ ETS when the bill is referred to Select Committee.

The Government also plans to consult later this year on regulations for auctioning and NZ ETS settings (including supply volumes and price control levels), amongst other topics.

Ngā mihi nui,
NZ ETS Policy team
Manatū Mō Te Taiao: Ministry for the Environment


$14M to expand LiDAR mapping across NZ

The Bay of Plenty is one of the eight regions that will receive co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to obtain LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation datasets. Eight Regional Councils, in partnership with their Territorial Authorities and others, have applied for and will receive NZ$14 million of co-funding from the PGF to obtain LiDAR elevation datasets.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is managing this initiative on behalf of the Provincial Development Unit (responsible for administration of the Government’s PGF) following an announcement that the PGF will invest up to NZ$19 million to expand 3D mapping in the regions.

The eight regions which will receive co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund are Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury, West Coast and Southland. The first round of applications for co-funding closed on March 1 2019. The LiDAR capture proposed in the eight applications will provide data for over half of New Zealand’s land area. Once the initiative is complete, New Zealand’s total LiDAR coverage should increase to approximately 80 per cent, from 10 per cent currently.

“The elevation data captured by LiDAR supports the regions to make critical infrastructure investment decisions and prepare their communities and industries for climate change,” says Jan Pierce, Deputy Chief Executive, Location Information, LINZ. “It’s also crucial for urban planning, construction and engineering.”

“Having highly accurate land information also supports good planning and decision-making by industries looking to invest in the regions, particularly in the agriculture and forestry sectors. This investment will be an important enabler of investment and growth into the future,” says Robert Pigou, Head of the Provincial Development Unit.

LINZ will soon issue a request for tender to select aerial survey companies for data collection. A second round of co-funding, with applications due February 28 2020, allows more time for other councils to prepare co-funding applications.

Elevation data products created through the project will be available as open data through the LINZ Data Service.



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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