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Newsletter 126, April 2020

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 126, April 2020
In this issue

Forestry Knowledge Hub - survey

Sefton sawyer too busy to log out

Winners announced for the 2020 NZ Timber Design Awards

Woodlot Analysis Tool (WATS)


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
Liz Chamberlain
Phone: 04 4720432

Graham West
-Bay of Plenty

Angus Gordon
-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay
-Gisborne East Coast

Michael Orchard
-West Coast

Patrick Milne
-North Canterbury
-Central Canterbury
-South Canterbury

Don Wallace
-At large

Egon Guttke

Peter Berg - Co-opted
-Far North
-Mid North
-Lower North

Howard Moore - Co-opted


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COVID-19 Protocols for NZ Forestry Industry Operations under Level 3
17 April 2020 »

Covid-19 Safe to start Guidance »


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.

  • Oak Open Days, Gisborne CANCELLED  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID19 ALERT 4 LOCK-DOWN. The International Oak Society, Gisborne NZ Farm Forestry Association, and the Oak Action Group are looking…
  • Forest Biosecurity Conference 2020  POSTPONEMENT Due to the current challenging circumstances it has been decided that the Annual Forest Biosecurity Conference will be postponed.  We've put a placeholder in November and will review closer to…


  • Forest industry back to work April, 2020. The Forest Owners Association says its members and the supply chain are gearing up to meet the challenge of getting back to work on Tuesday 28 April, working within the…

Forestry Knowledge Hub - Survey

Te Uru Rakau is building a digital Forestry Knowledge Hub to bring together sector information that works for everyone. It’s being designed to help you make important decisions - from planning your project, to managing your trees, right through to harvesting and marketing. 

They want to make sure you find what you need when you go there. To check this, they are running a short survey. You’ll be asked some questions, and you’ll need to select where in the site you think you would go to find that information. This will let them know the website they are building for you works, and make relevant changes to help you find what you need.

We’re asking our members to take part as you may have a need for the information the website will hold. You don’t need to have a lot of experience or prior knowledge. Your input will help Te Uru Rakau make sure the website works for you and our industry. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and Te Uru Rakau will be gathering the results over the next two weeks.

Click here for Survey

Thanks for your help.

Kirstie Lester
Project Manager, Business and Spatial Intelligence
Te Uru Rakau - Forestry New Zealand


Sefton sawyer too busy to log out

For those of you who didn't hear the National radio interview of Canterbury farm forestry John Fairweather on his sawmilling operation, it is a great listen...

"A sawmill in North Canterbury produces hardwood timber products from eucalyptus trees. Owner John Fairweather, who was introduced to forestry as a teenager by his father, also grows several species at his 20 hectare plantation in Sefton. Currently he is milling the bearers and planks for the re-construction of the Governors Bay Jetty from 200 tonnes of logs that come from a farm on Banks Peninsula." Listen »


Winners announced for the 2020 NZ Timber Design Awards

NZFFA sponsor the NZ Specialty Timber award for the use of NZ grown alternative species (i.e. excludes Douglas Fir and Radiata Pine).

See the winner in this youtube video.

See the highly commended second place in this youtube video.


Woodlot Analysis Tool (WATS)

An enhanced version of the Woodlot Analysis Tool (WATS) is now available in the Calculators section on the Forest Growers Research website. Initial user feedback led to a number of improvements, mainly in usability of the tool.

WATS aims to help small forest and woodlot owners establish an indicative value for their forest at harvest, and understand the magnitude of the various factors influencing that value such as harvesting costs, log cartage etc. 

Also available is an accompanying updated manual  - ‘How to harvest and market your woodlot for profit’ - by Dr Glen Murphy and Prof. Rien Visser. The manual includes two WATS case studies of woodlot harvesting operations.
Find WATS on the FGR website: Woodlot Analysis Tool (WATS)


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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