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Newsletter 67, December 2013

Newsletter 67, December 2013

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Newsletter
 December 2013  No. 67

In this issue

Future Forests Research Updates

Green Green Growth of Home

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report to Parliamant

United Nations International year of Family Farming



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 - Branch secretaries, please notify head office of any branch or action group events, these are posted on the website >>
  • BAY OF PLENTY FIELD DAY - Friday 6th December 10am. NZ Dryland Forests Initiative - Eucalytus Demonstration Trial & Christmas Gathering. TECT All Terrain Park, Pyes Pa Road SH 36, Bay of Plenty
  • MID NORTH FIELD DAY - XMAS BBQ, Saturday 7TH DECEMBER. 5 Haven Place Ngunguru, Saturday 7th December 10 am

  • GISBORNE EAST COAST FIELD DAY - Meg Gaddum and Bob Wishart, North Island Farm Foresters of the year 2013. Wednesday February 19th 2014 at 10am. Te Koawa Station, 1131 Whakarau road (off S.H. 2 North of Te Karaka, Gisborne)

Forest Grower Levy Trust Board election results

Audited voting results, successful candidates:

Greater than 1,000 ha net stocked area category - weighted forest production votes

Philip Taylor
Paul Nicholls
Bill McCallum
David James Balfour

Under 1,000 ha net stocked area category - individual votes

Steve Wilton
Ian Jackson

Forest Owners Association media releases:

Future Forests Research Updates

Presentations to Forest Industry Leaders on Tuesday 15th October 2013 (Pdf)

Green Green Growth of Home
When: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Conference Dinner Speaker Confirmed - Kevin Biggar

If you ever thought that you couldn't do it Kevin Biggar is living proof of whatever the mind can believe, it can achieve. From the comfort of his couch, Kevin dared to dream and set himself some goals that for most of us would be outrageous. Described as adventurous determined and goal driven, his journey proves that he is all that - and more! You’ll be amazed at his story and come away believing that anything is possible. Read more about Kevin.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear Kevin inspire you to achieve your goals. The C3 Limited Conference Dinner will be held on Wednesday 19 March 2014, in the Wellington Foyer, Te Papa from 7:30 pm.
Tickets cost $115 and can be booked when completing your online conference registration.
Conference Programme
The draft conference programme is available online showcasing Politicians, industry leaders and political analysts who will elaborate on what they plan to do to make the New Zealand forest and wood industry more successful in a highly competitive International marketplace.
ForestWood is the only opportunity to participate in a whole-of-industry conference and will be an event not to be missed.
Register Online Now.

Representation at the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report to Parliamant

On 21/11/13 I represented the NZFFA at the launch of Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's new report "Water Quality in New Zealand: Land Use and Nutrient Pollution".

It was disturbing to not find any corporate or MPI forestry representatives at this launch  because the forestry sector is not getting the mileage it should out of it.

Nitrates from animal urine are serious nutrient pollutants that lead to unhealthy and unsightly waterways.  If sheep and beef farms convert to intensive dairy farms more nitrates get into our waterways, but conversion to forest has the opposite effect.

Recently, the PCE extrapolated land use change between 1996 and 2008 to estimate that 370,000 hectares of hill country will be converted to dairying and 245,000 hectares will be converted to radiata pine between 2008 and 2020.

However the PCE  made a mistake in using average 1996-to-2008 new forest planting rates to predict future changes in net afforestation.

In fact, tightened profit margins resulted in a major decline in new planting between 1996 and 2008; moreover not all forest that is being harvested is being replanted. The outcome is that total national stocked forest area is actually getting smaller by about 10,000 hectares per year.

This means the PCE has under-estimated our river and lake pollution rates.  However it also means that her warning that we need to take remedial action is greatly strengthened.  One obvious solution is to oblige those that pollute waterways to make a financial contribution to those who plant trees.  I made these points at the launch.

Hamish Levack

Representation at the United Nations International year of Family Farming

On 22/11/13 I represented the NZFFA at the launch at Parliament of the United Nations International Year of Family Farming 2014. It was a rather under-whelming event, but three concurrent workshops afterwards focused on social connectedness, environmental well being, and economic sustainability. I went to the latter, and used it to raise awareness that forestry reinforces and compliments agriculture, and the need for Government involvement in converting the wall of wood to a sustainable yield.  It was a very good opportunity to talk to Hon Damien O'Connor MP (Labour spokesman for primary industries) and Steffan Browning MP (Green party spokesman for primary industries).  They both want interaction later, via one-on-one meetings, on forest policy. Since they may be the key forestry influence in Cabinet after the November 2014 election, this will be worth following up. No national Party MPs turned up, which does not reflect well on them, but never mind, the Wellington Ginger Group is getting its ideas into the ears of core Government politicians through other channels.

Hamish Levack


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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