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Newsletter 78, February 2015

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

Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Newsletter
   February  2015  No. 78
In this issue

Latest Headlines
Latest Blogs


Forestry and farming - amateurs vs professionals

Dismal rate of new land planting continues

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards



Ian Jackson
-South Canterbury
-North Otago

-Sthn High Country (north)

Vice President
Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Office
Association Manager Glenn Tims
Phone: 04 4720432



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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EXTRAORDINARY VACANCY: Nominations invited for North Island Representative Executive Member
The election of Dean Satchell as President will create an Extraordinary Vacancy for North Island Representative Executive Member.  Only North Island Branches can nominate and vote for the North Island representative.  Nominees must be financial members of NZFFA and reside in the North Island, but desirably should also have branch officer experience.  Nominations should be accompanied by a brief outline of the candidate’s qualifications and should be submitted to National Office. Nominations close on 20 March 2015.

AGENDA ITEMS AND NOTICES OF MOTION FOR THE COUNCIL MEETING AND AGM AT WHANGAREI CONFERENCE: No remits have been received to date but Branches still have the opportunity to propose Notices of Motion and Agenda Items for meetings at Conference.

  • Council Meeting – where the Executive reports on its performance during the year, new policy is developed and recommendations are formulated for the AGM.  Council is the governing body of the Association and key link between the Branches and the National Executive.
  • AGM – where the formal business of approving the financial statements and reports takes place.

Agenda Items and Notices of Motion must be received by National Office by 20 March.

AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION AND RULES: At the Special Council Meeting on the 5 November 2014, the following resolution was passed: “Special Interest Groups be accorded the same status as branches with representative status at Council”.  Draft amendments to the Constitution and Rules to give effect to this resolution will be circulated shortly.

Latest headlines

Don’t go down to the woods today: With the risk of forest fire now very high or extreme in many parts of the country, the public is being cautioned not to enter plantation forests without permission. more >>

ETS Crisis Meeting called forForest owners are asking the government to call an urgent meeting of primary sector leaders and iwi to deal with the country’s greenhouse gas emissions blow-out. They say a lack… more >>

Diverse Forests, Emerging Opportunities: A new future for diverse forests research Welcome to the second edition of our quarterly newsletter. In the first issue (September 2014), we highlighted our recent… more >>

NZ Forests Gain International Visibility: With the acceptance of the NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) as New Zealand’s PEFC Member, New Zealand forest growers gain visibility in the world’s leading forest certification system.  “We are… more >>

Trees on Farms SFF project winds up: The Trees on Farms Workshops Project, a major MPI Sustainable Farming Fund project which was managed by the NZ Farm Forestry Association, is complete. NZFFA … more >>

Research at Scion: What do fire danger signs mean? New research shows that the iconic fire danger signs may need to be updated to better promote fire safety across New Zealand. The familiar multi-coloured fire danger signs are a… more >>

Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future (GCFF) Research Programme: Wind, snakes and forest production in South America. John Moore reports on a wind impact conference and provides his observations of intensive plantation management in South America. The effect of extreme wind events on plantation productivity is… more >>

New Work on Biological Control for Eucalyptus Tortoise Beetle: LATEST NEWS: Promising Biological Control agent imported into Containment On December 12th 2014, NZFFA representative on the SFF project team Dean Satchell brought back from Tasmania an exciting present: a… more >>

Latest blogs

Arriving in New Zealand 1962, John Purey-Cust
I came from Great Britain to New Zealand, to a job in the NZ Forest Service, in January 1962. I left a densely populated country where the original forests were… more >>

Biosecurity is very important, Wink Sutton
During my Canadian secondment from 1992 to 1994, I attended a meeting addressed by the then Chief of the USDA Forest Service who talked about the major biological… more >>

Don't forget, any members can have their own blog and can comment on other members blogs. Please contact head office to set up your blog!


Branch secretaries, please notify head office of any branch or action group events.

For more information on these events they are posted on the website >>

  • NZFFA Conference 2015 - Trees from Coast to CoastMonday 20th to Friday 24th April 2015, Whangarei, Northland. Contact: Richards and Wilma Davies-Colley 09 434 7725
    Conference page >>
    DON'T FORGET Registration by 28 February 2015. After this date a late payment fee of $50.00 applies.
  • 13th Annual FOA/MPI Forest Biosecurity Workshop: 24-25 February 2015, Scion, Rotorua
  • National Consistency for Plantation Forestry, Otago: Evening Meeting 26 February 2015, Ports Restaurant, Ground Floor, Southern Cross Hotel Dunedin
  • North Canterbury field day and AGM: February 26th, St Annes Lagoon and Cheviot Domain
  • Wairarapa branch AGM: February 27th, Henley Men's Shed, Colombo Road Masterton
  • Nelson Branch Field Trip and AGM: Milnthorpe Park – Scenic reserve and Re-forestation Project, on the way to Collingwood, Saturday 28th February, 10am.
  • Forest Industry Safety Summit: 3-4 March, 2015, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua
  • Southland branch AGM: Friday 6th March, Central Southland Lodge
  • Waikato branch AGM: Saturday 7th March, Bill and Sue Garland's property at Kairangi
  • Lower North branch field day and AGM: Saturday 7th March, Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth
  • Gisborne branch field day and AGM: Dave Grandiek's Family property, Taurau Valley rd., Manutuke, Sunday 22nd March 2015, 12-00 noon.
  • GCFF Innovation - Phenotyping innovation cluster meeting: Mon 23 March 2-4.30 pm, Scion Christchurch Office, Forestry Rd, Christchurch
  • Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future (GCFF) Conference 2015: 24-25 March 2015, Hagley Park Function Facilities, Christchurch. This conference will present the latest results of the various projects carried out under the GCFF research programme
  • Swiss Needle Cast Workshop - What we know, what we can do: 26 March 2015, Christchurch, Dovedale campus, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Mid Otago Branch AGM and field day: Saturday 11 April 2015, 1 pm, Hindon Hall
  • Joint NZ Institute of Forestry & Institute of Foresters of Australia annual conference
    "Beyond tenure: managing forests across the landscape" Host: The Institute of Foresters of Australia, Monday 13th to 15th April, 2015, Novatel Forest Resort, Creswick, Victoria, Australia

Forestry and farming - amateurs vs professionals

Towards the end of last year, I attended an evening event where there were quite a few local leaders present. One was a person who often features in the farming media – I guess it’s best if he remains nameless. As we sipped our cool wines, he asked me my background, to which I replied ‘forestry’. His immediate response was ‘growing trees is a waste of time’. When asked why, he said that he had blocks of forestry on his farms, and that they would not have earned him $100/ha/year since their establishment. I countered by saying that I had a farm forestry mate who not long ago sold a block of trees for around $20k/ha. What’s more, some were only 20 years old and all were affected by the big wind of 18 months ago. And that is where our conversation ceased.

Since then, I have thought about this person’s dismissive statement about forest blocks on farms, as it is one which we hear only too often. I have also relived how I could have responded. My reply should have been along these lines. “We live on 8 ha where we have grazed sheep for close to 40 years. However, I doubt if the returns have covered the costs of their upkeep. Therefore I could be equally dismissive about the commercial worth of sheep. There is a simple reason for this. Basically, it is because I am an amateur sheep farmer, and as a result my management is not the best. Also, when it comes to sales, I just ring the stock agent and accept what he says they are worth. I suggest it is the same with you and your forest blocks – you are just an amateur tree grower with limited knowledge, whose management and sale of trees could be improved.”

Nick Ledgard

Dismal rate of new land planting continues

The figures for plantation establishment in 2014 have just been released by MPI. They are calculated from the number of seedlings sold by nurseries (28 of them). It is estimated that there were 46,000ha of land planted, BUT only 3000 ha of that was new land (all the rest was replanting of harvested plantations). The new land area (3000ha) was slightly less than for 2013, and close to the record low figures of 2006-08. Radiata pine made up 95% of all planting, D-fir 2%. Nurseries do not see any significant change happening in 2015.

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards

The prestigious NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards will be run throughout 2015 culminating in a gala event at Rayonier Ltd, Auckland Central, Tuesday 15 September 2015.

The timetable leading up to the Awards evening at Rayonier’s Auckland's Central venue will involve:

  • January 2015; Finalisation Design Award Categories
  • February 2015; Call for Sponsors
  • March 2015; Announcement of Sponsors
  • March 2015; Call for Design Award Categories
  • May 2015; Judging of Stage One entries
  • June 2015; Call for Stage Two entries
  • August 2015; Judging of Stage Two entries
  • 15 September 2015; Timber Design Award Presentation Event

Please watch out for the new releases, advising of each step along the way. Also visit the NZ Wood website for more detailed information (

For further information contact: Promotions Manager – Debbie Fergie or 03 544 1086.


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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