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Newsletter 61, June 2013

Newsletter 61, June 2013

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

Farm Forestry Newsletter
 June 2013  No. 61

In this issue

ForestWood 2014

Woodscape study completed

Don't miss Country Calendar this weekend!

Scion Forest Science Seminar - 27 June

Adoption of AS 4708 Sustainable forest management

MobileTECH Summit 2013



Ian Jackson
-South Canterbury
-North Otago
-Sthn High Country (north)

Vice President

Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Executive

Angus Gordon

-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay

Neil Cullen
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Men of Trees
-Sthn High Country (south)

Hamish Levack
-Gisborne East Coast

Patrick Milne
-West Coast
-Central Canterbury
-North Canterbury

Peter Berg
-Lower North
-Bay of Plenty


The members area of the NZFFA website can be accessed by using your email address and password to log in.

Your email address MUST be the address you have provided to NZFFA for your subscription (which happens to be the one this newsletter was sent to...).

If you don't have a password or can't remember it, you can get one very easily. Just follow the instructions here.

Any problems logging in then email me.
Dean Satchell


Forest Levy
86% of votes supported the Forest Levy. The referendum of forest growers has shown strong support for a levy on harvested forest products Click here to see the press release.

Branch Secretaries
Branch and Action Group secretaries can now access their branch membership database online. Secretaries can access and edit records for their members. This is an important responsibility and we hope secretaries will access and use this facility. By allowing secretary access to our centralised database, both head office and branch secretaries can edit the same records and keep our membership details aligned and up to date. A current  email list of branch members is also available.

Secretary access is from the Branches page on the NZFFA website while action group secretaries can access this from their own home pages. This is an important development, please use it!

If secretaries don't have a password, don't know how to get a password and would rather I gave them one, or have problems logging in then email me

Dean Satchell

ForestWood 2014
When: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Where: Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, Tongarewa, Wellington.
ForestWood 2014 is a pan-industry conference being jointly hosted by Forest Owners Association (FOA), Wood Processors Association (WPA), Pine Manufacturers Association (PMA), Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) and supported by Woodco, NZ Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) and Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA).
Sponsorship and Trade Exhibition
Sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities will be available from the middle of May 2013.

Woodscape study completed- vital investment tool developed for wood processors

Woodscape, a major economic evaluation of wood processing opportunities, has been completed by Crown Research Institute Scion and released by the Wood Council. This report highlights the need for by-products from established industries like sawmilling if New Zealand is to develop profitable businesses based on emerging technologies, like bio-fuels and bio-chemicals.  Click here for the press release.
The study is a financial analysis and market review of 39 traditional and emerging wood processing technologies. It identifies pathways the wood processing sector could take toward achieving its strategic goal of doubling the value of forest sector exports to around $12 billion by 2022.

The Wood Council's Strategic Action Plan can be downloaded from the Woodco website.


Don't Miss Country Calendar this weekend!
Branching Out, screening 29 June at 7pm on TV ONE

Farm Forester Gabrielle Walton believes landowners should look beyond pine and plant a wider range of timber trees on their farms.

She and her parents, Cloie and David Blackley, grow a mix of specialty timbers on Summerhill, their property in the Bay of Plenty.

Gabrielle believes New Zealand should use more specialty woods like cypress for building.

The family has planted 200 hectares of their steep, erosion-prone land in commercial forestry. The remaining 200 hectares is in pasture for sheep and cattle.

Scion Forest Science Seminar - Biological control agents of the eucalyptus tortoise beetle Paropsis charybdis
Date: Thursday, 27 June 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm
Venue: live web link (see below - this is highly recommended, its as good as being there!)
Presenter: Toni Withers, Forest Protection

An action group sitting under the NZ Farm Forestry Association was awarded a two-year Sustainable Farming Fund in 2012. The grant was used to fully investigate the potential for additional biological control agents for control of the eucalyptus tortoise beetle Paropsis charybdis in NZ. Anthony Rice (2005) was the first to study a spring-active parasitoid of a closely related eucalyptus leaf beetle Paropsisterna agricola (Chapuis) in Tasmania. Its name is Eadya paropsidis and it attacks larvae of eucalyptus leaf beetles in the spring. It may also be that there are other natural enemies that may also be effective against the particular P. charybdis that is such a pest of commercial eucalypts in NZ. The project team is headed by Toni Withers, Scion entomologist, and managed by Dean Satchell, NZFFA.
This preliminary seminar will inform the audience about the project which is still in its early stages, and present some of the interim results from two summers of limited field and laboratory research in Hobart, Tasmania.

For remote attendance via live streaming please email Katrin Webb if you are intending on logging in. For login, follow instructions below.

SCOPIA setup instructions:
At the time of the meeting, please follow the access method described below. Any issues, ring Katrin on 021 648 640 (will be at seminar directly and is point of contact).
1. Install Scopia – go to
2. The ‘Join Meeting’ window will appear
a. Enter your name
b. Meeting ID is 65129
c. Click ‘participate now’
3. You will be asked for a PIN number – this is 5423
Please note: this meeting will become available to join on the Bridge 10 minutes prior to the start time.
To test that your software and hardware are setup correctly beforehand, visit our KVCS Test Room at (testroom – 6222)
Katrin Webb (nee Walbert)
Forest Protection – Team Manager


Adoption of AS 4708 Sustainable forest management
Standards New Zealand is managing a project to consider the adoption of the Australian Forestry Standard, AS 4708 Sustainable Forest Management, as a New Zealand Standard.

The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association has nominated executive member Peter Berg as our representative on the expert committee.

To ensure independence and impartiality, AFS requires certification bodies to be independent from the standards development process and the entity they are certifying.

Currently Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) holds the lions share of certified forests in Australia while Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the dominant certifier in New Zealand.

The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation Amendment 2013 was registered on 31 May 2013 and this could have implications for our timber exports to Australia. Both FSC and PEFC are frameworks recognised for their ability to demonstrate a product has been legally logged.


MobileTECH Summit 2013
This event is designed to showcase current and upcoming mobile innovations best suited to New Zealand’s principal food and fibre sectors. The very best ideas and future applications of innovative tools – new and emerging technologies that can be adopted now, whether it’s on the farm, in the greenhouse or out in the forest, will be profiled at this year’s summit.

The conference programme is out for this event. As a Supporting Organisation, NZFFA members receive a 10% discount off the registration rate. To receive this discount online, you need to select “Supporting Organisation Member” and enter the special code "16nzffa". This is a unique code available for our membership.


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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