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Newsletter 65, October 2013

Newsletter 65, October 2013

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

Farm Forestry Newsletter
 October 2013  No. 65

In this issue


Bioenergy Association of New Zealand Conference -
Contracting to deliver quality solid biofuel to customers

Programme for NZFFA action group weekend 16/17 November 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


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Events - Please notify head office of any branch or action group events, these are posted on the website

Nominations for Farm Forestry Awards
Nominations for Farm Forestry Awards need to be in. If they are not received by 1 November (to allow time for judging) they are not eligible for presentation at the ensuing Conference (usually held the following April).  Nominations received after 1 November are held over for judging for a subsequent Conference.  Note that nominations are submitted by branches, and so if you know of a worthy recipient, contact your branch officers.  Nomination forms are available on the NZFFA website or may be requested from National Office.

2014 Conference AGM remits
1 November is the deadline for formal remits to the 2014 Marlborough Conference AGM.  However, agenda items for discussion at the Conference meetings can still be proposed later.

Timber Design Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Timber Design Awards are now open. NZFFA is the lead sponsor for the Indigenous Timber Showcase Award. FJMT in association with Archmedia won the 2012 Indigenous Timber Showcase Award with the new Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki.


Forest growers to elect first board
for more information, please ring Glen Mackie, Tel 027 445 0116

The Forest Growers Levy Trust, the new organisation representing the interests of all plantation forest owners, large and small, is calling for nominations for its first elected board. 

Chair Geoff Thompson says the referendum board of the Trust has applied to associate minister for primary industries Jo Goodhew for a commodity levy on logs and some other plantation forest products. The levy order, which is expected to be issued shortly, will establish a compulsory levy that will apply from 1 January 2014.

"In anticipation of this, elections are being held for the Trust board that will administer the funds raised by the levy. Nominations will be open from 14-31 October, followed by an on-line election for board members from 5-22 November."

The Trust board will have seven members. Two will be elected by growers with less than 1000 ha of eligible plantation forest, with each grower having one vote. Four will be elected by growers with 1000 ha or more of eligible plantation forest, with voting proportional to their production.  The seventh member will be selected by the elected board members.

In March this year a strong majority of forest growers voting in a referendum favoured a compulsory levy to fund activities that benefit all growers, like bio-security, research and health & safety.

The levy rate is 27 cents a tonne of harvested wood in the first year. The funds raised, which are expected to total more than $6.5 million a year, will be used to fund a work plan that was put to growers in the referendum.

Mr Thompson says that each year, after consulting with growers, the Trust board will contract out this work to the Forest Owners Association (FOA), Farm Forestry Association (FFA), Scion Research and other relevant organisations.

"The board will not deliver the services itself, but will closely monitor performance against agreed benchmarks and outcomes," he says.

Nominations Open:            October 14th

Nominations Close:            October 31st

Go to:  for details on the nomination process and the nomination form.

Voting Opens:                November 5th

Voting Closes:                November 22nd

Full details of the elections, including the process for nominations, as well as other information about the levy, are available at

Bioenergy Association of New Zealand Conference -
Contracting to deliver quality solid biofuel to customers

7 November 2013, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

A successful wood fuel supply industry in New Zealand will rely on establishing a value chain for the delivery of a reliable supply of a quality product to the market place.

This conference is for all players in the solid biofuel value chain including wood fuel suppliers (landowners, forest owners, Maori Trusts, forest contractors and owners), and those wanting to purchase wood fuels for heat.

Certainty on quality and supply
Owners of wood fuelled heat plant are seeking greater certainty as to the quality and reliability of supply of wood fuel. Assurance of quality of fuel supply will remove a major business risk concern of heat plant owners.

This conference is about realizing additional value from farm forestry, shelter belts and plantation forestry. Currently forest harvest residues are generally left behind in the forest yet there is a growing shortage of supply of quality wood fuel in some regions.
To assist with contracting for the sale and purchase of wood fuel the Bioenergy Association (BANZ) has prepared a model wood fuel supply contract which attendees will receive copies of when they register.

This conference will be structured around the launch of the Wood Fuel Supplier Accreditation Scheme and feedback from attendees will be encouraged through the use of facilitated discussion groups.

Presentations will be based on how the use of quality systems will markedly influence wood fuel sales and heat plant owners will present on what they expect from their wood fuel suppliers.

For more information download the flier here. Registration forms at

Programme for NZFFA action group weekend 16/17 November 2013

Host branches: Farm Forestry Timbers and Middle Districts.

Saturday programme

9.30 am   
Meet at "Eastown timber products"
4 Holyoak st Wanganui east.
Topics: Timber drying, kilning, further processing.

Afternoon session
Meet at "Rob O'keefe joinery"
368 heads road Wanganui.
Topics:  What the end user really needs.
End uses and what your timber product is really worth to the joinery trade when you get it right.

Evening session
6.30 pm. Meet at the "Mothered goose cafe" cnr SH1 & Parawanui road, Bulls.
Dinner from 7pm. $35pp excl. drinks & Coffee.
Guest speaker presentation following meal.
Please could indications of meal numbers be made with Denis Hocking by Sunday  3rd November  PH 06 322 1254     email jdhocking

Sunday programme

9.30 am
Meet at Denis Hocking's property, Parawanui road, Bulls.
Topics: Turning your logs into saleable lumber.
Back to basics for sawing acacia, cypress, eucalypt, sequoia, and others.
A discussion of the issues that are relevant to each genus.
Samples of sawn timber will be displayed for comment.

Afternoon programme as time allows.
A look at the issues around the growing and harvest of the above species with an emphasis on the issues for the production of high quality sawn timber for supply to the value chain.

We will try and finish the afternoon session by 3pm Sunday for those that have to travel any distance and for the benefit of those using air travel. Those that are not time constrained will be welcome to continue their discussions with the agreement of our host.

Accommodation is available in bulls at the Bridge Motor lodge and caravan park for $30 with a block booking, and very handy to both the Saturday meal venue and Sunday field day site. Bookings to Denis Hocking by 3rd November please to guarantee a place.

Lunches: Could all attendees please bring their own lunches for both days.
Other contacts:  Angus Gordon, Ph. 06 388 1571, email

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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