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Newsletter 69, March 2014

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

Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Newsletter
 March 2014  No. 69

In this issue

Wood innovation attracts Australian architects

Industry Events this month

Safer Forest Harvesting

Next Forest Science seminar


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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Branches: A call for agenda items from branches for the Branch management meeting and Council meeting at Conference 2014. Please email national office

Events: Branch secretaries, please notify head office of any branch or action group events, these are posted on the website >>

  • Conference 2014, Blenheim, Friday April 11 – Tuesday April 15, 2014
  • Central North Island Section of NZIF field trip to the Kaingaroa Plantation Museum, 12th March 2014
    Meeting at 5:15pm (sharp!) at the carpark on the corner of Mokoia Drive & Old Taupo Rd (next to the Waiariki Campus). We will group up into suitable cars and convoy out together from there. Please don’t be late as we are racing for daylight at this time of year. This trip is a good opportunity for friends and partners to come along and learn more about forestry, so feel free to bring them along.
    “Plantation forestry has developed in ways the pioneering foresters could never have foreseen.” Wink Sutton, 2014. With the support of plantation owners, the Kaingaroa Plantation Museum was established in June 2004 by Wink Sutton. It has the objective of demonstrating the 100 year evolution of NZ radiata pine silviculture. The museum demonstrates different silvicultural regimes practised between 1900 and 1999. This after work field trip is an opportunity not to be missed. Join Wink Sutton as he gives a guided tour of the museum and talks about what is being demonstrated and how our present silviculture evolved. Please RSVP to Jess Brown
  • Otago field trip 1pm Thursday 13th March, New Zealand Institute of Forestry (Otago – Southland).
    Managing Natural Conservation Areas in Plantations - Being a good custodian and managing FSC responsibilities. Hosted by Ecologist Dr Kelvin Lloyd (Wildlands Ltd) and City Forests.
    City Forests maintains a network of approximately 1,900 hectares of natural reserves which are tightly integrated with its plantations of exotic species. This represents more than 11% of the company’s total working-forest area. Monitoring, management, and even enhancement of natural reserve areas are a major and increasing focus and are a formal Principle of FSC environmental certification. Local Territorial Authorities are also increasingly seeking to provide special protection for areas deemed of outstanding natural value both on public and private land. Forestry is well placed to protect such areas, and may even have an abundance of important remnants to care for – but there are some fish-hooks!
    Locally based ecologist, Dr Kelvin Lloyd, has worked extensively with City Forests to identify, assess and classify many of their areas, some of which contain high conservation values, and which protect natural
    forest, some rare examples of wetlands, nationally significant soil types, and rare and threatened flora and fauna.
    Together with City Forests’ staff, Dr Lloyd will lead an afternoon’s field trip to view 2-3 particularly significant examples of these areas within City Forests’ Tokoiti forest. We will discuss the process of identifying, protecting, monitoring and managing natural areas and their values within a plantation forestry and an FSC context.
    Meeting Point: Milton: Corner of SH1 (Union St) and Ossian Street (opp. Milton Community Church)
    Time: 1.00 p.m. (returning by approx. 4.30 p.m.)
    Transport: Limited 4WD transport will be available, otherwise additional 4WD
    transport will be welcome (to minimise forest traffic we will fill up the available seats). Note that the trip will involve some walking.
    Numbers required: Please confirm numbers and discuss transport details with Peter Oliver by 7th March. Please bring a hardhat and Hi-viz vest with you if you have them.
    Contact details: Peter Oliver: Daytime: 03 4677720
    Cell: 027 2453377
  • Southland Branch Annual General Meeting, FRIDAY 14TH MARCH 5.30PM. MEET AT BRYSON ROAD CARPARK, OTATARA. We will view Otatara Landcare Plantings And estuary vegetation. The AGM will follow at 7pm. contact Graham or Heather Milligan Phone 032485147
  • Waitomo Branch AGM & Fielday, 2.00pm Friday 14 March. Where – John and Marion Loveridge’s forest block, end of Bonners Road, off Puketawai Road ( off Old Te Kuiti Road) south east of Otorohanga in the Tahaia district. We’ll have signs posted. John is in the middle of harvesting about 20ha of his 40ha radiata blocks planted from 1992-95. Before selling the property John and Marion initiated a Joint Venture agreement over the forest. This agreement means the harvest has meant working with the current land owner. Wood Marketing Services are managing the harvest and West Coast Logging are the harvesting contractor. After the forest inspection and discussion we will move to John and Marion’s home on Puketarata Road, north of Otorohanga for a Pot-Luck meal and a brief AGM.
    Bring – Food for dinner, drinks, etc.
  • Gisborne branch AGM, Sunday 16th March. Donald Gordon's new house, made almost entirely of locally grown and milled Eucalyptus Saligna, a most interesting and challenging project.
    170 Gaddums Hill Rd (off De Lautour Rd, Kaiti) Just beyond the top, turn left into Kauri Grove and follow on down. Meet at 3-00 p.m.
  • Field Day in the Foothills, Central Canterbury branch, Thursday March 20th. Flagpole Staton, a 1300ha hill-country run at the head of Cordy’s Flat, above Whitecliffs, will be the venue for the Central Canterbury Farm Forestry Association’s annual high-country day on Thursday, March 20.
    Meet at the yards at the end of Flagpole Road at 10am. Note the change from the previously advertsed date of March 22. The annual meeting will be held at the conclusion of the field trip.
  • TREES FOR BEES - Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Gisborne, May 9th and 10th 2014. Eastwoodhill Trees for Bees II:  Promising Trees to Nourish Honey Bees, Second Conference on bee health at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Gisborne. May 9th and 10th 2014
    -The biology of bees and their need for protein in pollen
    -How to remedy seasonal shortages in pollen supply
    -Protein sources from promising trees and shrubs at Eastwoodhill
    -Applications to planting programs: erosion, riparian protection, timber, native restoration.
  • Trees on Farms Workshop - Southland branch, Thursday 15 May 2014, Winton, The Salvation Army's Community centre, Winton, for the morning session. Michael Anderson's farm at Hokonui in the afternoon. We will update you as information comes to hand.
  • NZIF 2014 Conference. This will be held at the War Memorial Conference Centre in Napier from Sunday 6th to Wednesday 9th July 2014. The theme is “Tackling Challenges and Delivering Value”. 

Wood innovation attracts Australian architects


For more information, please ring Jason Guiver, NZ Wood, Tel +64 3 543 8722 or Mobile +64 21 229 4559

A group of leading Australian commercial architects is visiting New Zealand this month to come up to speed with developments in the use of engineered wood in commercial buildings.

They will attend a national wood design seminar and the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, and visit several major manufacturing plants and some of the iconic structures that have given New Zealand a reputation as a leader in engineered wood construction.  These include the Auckland Art Gallery, the Massey University College of Creative Arts and the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology. 

"When many New Zealanders think of forestry and timber processing, they think of logs on our wharves. This unfortunately obscures the rapid progress New Zealand scientists, engineers, architects and wood processors are making with the use of engineered wood in wide-span and multi-storey commercial buildings," says NZ Wood chairman Paul Nicholls.

"While Australia has some outstanding commercial buildings made from engineered wood, they don't have the big manufacturing plants making these products like we do in New Zealand. New Zealand wood processors have made huge investments in Glulam, laminated veneer lumber and cross laminated timber and several of them are now investing in massive computer controlled processing centres."

University of Tasmania Professor Robert Morris-Nunn, a winner of many architectural awards, is taking part in the tour. As keynote speaker at the Timber Design Awards on 18 March and at the ForestWood conference the following day he will focus on innovative timber engineering, using timber in ways never envisaged even 25 years ago.

"Timber is a building product that is uniquely sustainable by being self-regenerative. There is now increasing interest worldwide in better understanding this resource and developing new engineering principles to make better use of it as the preferred building material.

"New Zealand is at the forefront of this renaissance. It is reflected in the creative, innovative thinking and adventurous spirit that I see in unique buildings like the Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre and the Auckland Art Gallery, both of which have received significant international acclaim.

"The NZ Timber Design Awards and the Woodsmart Construction Seminar will be showcases for the very latest thinking, and I am looking forward to seeing the latest examples of truly unique new timber structures by NZ designers."

Prof Morris-Nunn says that apart from the inherent structural qualities of timber, it is the only building product that is derived from a living entity – one that can positively contribute to addressing climate change by storing carbon dioxide.

His architectural firm Circa Morris-Nunn won the 2011 Australian Timber Design Award for Saffire Freycinet, a luxury 20 bedroom resort overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Tasmania. The resort features a complex curved roofline, built on a framework of engineered timber, mimicking the peaks of a nearby mountain range.

The Woodsmart Seminar and the NZ Resene Timber Design Awards are being held at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington, on 18 March,

ForestWood 2014 is being held at Te Papa on 19 March

Industry events this month

Green Green Growth of Home
When: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Wood Smart Seminar - Stronger Buildings and Better Outcomes
Where: Wellington, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
When: Tuesday, 18th March 2014 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Woodsmart seminar will precede the NZ Timber Design Awards.

2014 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards - Presentation Evening
When: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington
Doors open 5.30pm
View the finalist presentation boards while engaging with colleagues and industry, while enjoying drinks and canapes with views across Wellington city.

Safer Forest Harvesting

Forestry safety assessment programme - Safer Forest Harvesting

WorkSafe New Zealand is about to embark on phase two of its forestry safety assessment programme Safer Forest Harvesting. From 28 February 2014, WorkSafe NZ will begin the tree felling assessment round. More >>

Forest Science seminar

Next web-based Forest Science Seminar from Scion- Friday 14 March 2014 -
Extended Seminar with two speakers, 12 - 2pm

From 12 – 1pm,  Dr. Paloma Moncalea (Neiker-Tecnalia, Spain), a visiting scientist of the Forest Genetics group, will give an overview of her tissue culture work on  New Zealand Pinus hybrids and their responses to drought and water stress.
Scion and Neiker-Tecnalia (Spain) have a fully joint project funded by the OECD to test the Pinus tenuate x Pinus radiata through our propagation strategies.

From 1 – 2pm, Professor Steven H. Strauss (Forest Biotechnology, Oregon State University, USA)  will discuss science communication challenges and opportunities.
The science community, plant and tree biotechnologists, and the industries they support face a need to communicate more about their work in controversial novel biotechnologies. Professor Strauss, will share his 10+ years’ experience and expertise in communicating these technologies and related issues to policy makers, legislators, industry group, and the public.

SCOPIA setup instructions:

At the time of the meeting, please follow the access method described below. Any issues, ring Katrin on 021648640 (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 6014
c.       Click ‘participate now’
3.       You will be asked for a PIN number – this is 1234

Please note:
This meeting will become available to join on the Bridge 10 mins prior to the start time.
To test that your software and hardware are setup correctly beforehand, visit our KVCS Test Room at (testroom – 6222)


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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