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Newsletter 89, February 2016

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

Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   February 2015  No. 89
In this issue

ForestWood 2016 Conference

Tree Stock Sales and Forest Planting in 2015

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) regulations

Steep slope forestry harvester attracts more international sales



Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Office
Association Manager Glenn Tims
Phone: 04 4720432



Past President
Ian Jackson
-South Canterbury
-North Otago

-Sthn High Country (north)

Angus Gordon
-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay

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

Hamish Levack
-Gisborne East Coast

Patrick Milne

-West Coast
-Central Canterbury
-North Canterbury

Peter Berg

-Lower North

-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace



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Agenda Items and Notices of Motion from NZFFA branches and special interest groups for the Council Meeting and AGM at the Hokitika Conference MUST be submitted to NZFFA National Office by 23 March 2016.

Latest headlines

Sharing the Love... We love our forests and NZ Wood wants others to appreciate them too. December saw the start of the first phase of a campaign to engage the hearts and minds of New Zealanders about our forests... more>>

Special purpose timbers research project
Peter Berg New Zealand Tree Grower, February 2016. Scion’s diverse species programme came to an end a year or so ago. At this time… more>>

Road shows about the forest grower levy
The forest grower levy was established at the beginning of 2014 and has had a significant effect. Before the levy was introduced… more>>

Market Report, February 2016 
For the first time in a long time we can report a wide range of factors across domestic and export segments of the market which are favourable. more >>


For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.

  • NZFFA Conference 2016
    "The West Coast - Something for Everyone". Conference 2016 will be held at Hokitika, Westland Sunday 17th April - Thursday 21st April 2016. More >>
    Download the registration form here>>
    Register for conference online >>
  • Gisborne Dryland Forests Initiative field day - Durable eucalypt field day, Saturday 20th February 1.30 – 4.30 pm, Te Koawa Station, 1131 Whakarau Road, 50 km north-west of Gisborne. Our host landowners are Bob Wishart and Meg Gaddum.
  • Mid North branch AGM and field day, Whitt's End garden, 20th February
  • West Coast field day and AGM, Saturday 20th February, Grey Valley Field Day and AGM Moonlight Hall
  • 14th Annual FOA/MPI Forest Biosecurity Workshop - Are we prepared for bio-invaders? 23 & 24 February 2016, Rimu Room, Scion, Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua
  • Middle Districts field day and AGM, 23rd February, Angus Gordon's property, 3 km south of Taihape.
  • North Canterbury field day and AGM, Conway redwoods, Feb 25th, meet 661 Hundalee Rd, SH1 10.30am
  • Bay of Plenty Dryland Forests Initiative field day - Durable eucalypt forestry field day, Friday 26th February 12.00 – 4.30 pm, TECT All Terrain Park, Pyes Pa Road SH 36, Bay of Plenty
  • Mid Otago branch field day, Graham and Pam Hunters farm, 2pm on Friday 26th February.
  • South Otago branch field day, Friday 26 February 2016 at 2pm, At the property of Graham and Pam Hunter, winners of the Husqvarna South Island Farm Forestry Award 2015. Address: Tuapeka West, 202 Kononi Road, Lawrence
  • Lower North branch field day and AGM, Audrey Hay's Orewa beach home, Saturday 27th February
  • Ground-durable eucalypts: a potential forestry opportunity for the Taupo DistrictFIELD TRIP AND EVENING SEMINAR, When: Tuesday 1st March 2016. Registration form >>
  • Wairarapa branch AGM, Thursday 3rd March Woodnet Offices, 4.30pm - 6pm.
  • Gisborne /East Coast Branch AGM and Field Day, Wensleydale, 901 Waiomoko Road, Whangara, Saturday 6th March, start 12.00 noon
  • Southland branch AGM, John Purey-Cust’s property, Campion Road RD4 Gore, 5.30pm Friday March 11th.
  • Forest Genetics for Productivity Conference - "The next generation". Scion is proud to host an IUFRO Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) conference in 2016 in our home city of Rotorua, New Zealand, 14 – 18 March 2016, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
  • ForestWood 2016 Conference, Wednesday 16 March 2016, SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, 88 Federal Street
  • New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Annual Conference 2016, 16-18 March 2016, Gisborne. More>>
  • North Canterbury Durable eucalypt forestry field day, Thursday 24th March 2016, 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Robb Macbeth, Milong, 507 Leamington Rd, Cheviot and Proseed NZ Ltd, 177 Amberley Beach Road.
  • Mid North branch field day, WAIOTIRA FIELD DAY – SATURDAY 2ND APRIL 2016 10-30 AM, Beth and Bob Moscrip’s, then Ingleby Coxes.
  • Examining how site, nutritional and genetic factors affect forest performance at Puruki, 13 April 2016, Puruki Forest, Bay of Plenty. This free event is being run to provide forestry stakeholders with a hands-on experience of the impacts of variations in site properties and tree genetics on radiata pine growth and health.
  • Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Conference 2016, 10-12 May 2016, Auckland


Is there an environmentally acceptable alternative to wood?
In the 1990s I was on a two-year secondment to the Canadian Forest Service from Fletcher Challenge Forests. On a mid-term return to New Zealand I had a meeting with…
Wink Sutton's blog >>

NZFFA members can set up their own blogs on the NZFFA website. Email Dean.

Reports (Members Area)

WoodCo board meeting February 10th 2016

NZFFA executive minutes October 2015

NZFFA executive minutes January 2016

ForestWood 2016 Conference

Your Toolbox for Industry Resilience – Viability, Traceability, Adaptability, and Credibility

This theme and its four strands look at elements key to building a successful and resilient business in the forestry and wood products industries looking forward.  By making our businesses adaptable to the markets and the increasing expectations of society and legislation, credible in the world by maintaining a sound reputation with traceable products and increasing capability in the form of innovation, sustainable methods and improving business practices, the industry will be able to grow and thrive in an uncertain international marketplace.

ForestWood is the only opportunity to participate in a whole-of-industry conference and will be an event not to be missed.

ForestWood 2016 SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, 16 March 2016.

Tree Stock Sales and Forest Planting in 2015

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just released their report on provisional estimates of the sales of tree stocks and the areas of forest planted in New Zealand for 2015. Each spring the MPI undertakes a survey of tree stock sales from commercial forestry nurseries. This information is then modelled to estimate total sales, and to generate estimates of planting by species or species groups, and the total area planted.

Tree stock sales reported in 2015 totalled 49.5 million seedlings, compared to 50.8 million seedlings sold in 2014. The total area of forest planting in the winter of 2015 is provisionally estimated by the nursery survey and associated modelling to be 46 000 hectares. 44,000 ha (95% of the total) were estimated to be planted in Radiata pine.

From a separate survey of large-scale forest owners, combined with information from the Erosion Control Funding Programme, it is provisionally estimated that there were 2 500 hectares of new planting across New Zealand in 2015. Replanting of harvested areas is provisionally estimated to be 43 500 hectares in 2015.

Figure 1 provides a visual outline of the estimated areas of new planting and replanting since 1991.

To check out the full report on the Provisional Estimates of Tree Stock Sales and Forest Planting in 2015 click here

Source: Friday Offcuts

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) regulations

The majority of the first phase of regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) have now been finalised and will come into force on 4 April 2016, along with the Act. 

The regulations supported with information and guidance from WorkSafe New Zealand are intended to support businesses (particularly small businesses) to understand what they need to do to comply with the general duties of the Act.

The detailed regulations are now available on the  Legislation website.

See the Worksafe New Zealand website for:

  • Regulations at a glance
  • What's still to come
  • What we're doing to support you
  • Development of Regulations

Steep slope forestry harvester attracts more international sales

An innovative forestry tree harvester designed to work on steep slopes is creating increasing interest in the United States after successful sales drives in Canada.

Nigel Kelly, of Kelly Logging, said the ClimbMAX winch-assisted harvester had been working in Marlborough and Nelson forests since being developed in 2005 to increase production and reduce accidents.

More >>


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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