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Newsletter 91, April 2016

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

Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   April 2016  No. 91
In this issue

Eucs going cheap

Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future Research Conference

Health and Safety



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
-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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Latest headlines

Pure Advantage calls for 1.3 million hectares of new forest in New Zealand
As set forth in their discussion paper, Our Forest Future, this goal is ambitious but realistic. Our future forests will add national value and mitigate a range of future risks.… more>>
Quote: "There's enormous scope for farm forestry..."

Bennett supported by forest owners at New York signing
Forest owners say the formal adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in New York on Friday [22 April] will potentially have great benefits for both plantation and natural forests… more >>

New forestry leader
Peter Clark, the chief executive officer of PF Olsen Ltd, has been elected president of the Forest Owners Association (FOA). FOREST OWNERS ASSOCIATION Media release 16 April 2016 He replaces… more >>

Forestry deaths should strengthen industry’s resolve to work harder on safety
The deaths of four workers in the past three months is a sad reminder that the forestry industry still has much work to do to improve its safety performance, the… 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.

  • North Canterbury field day, Rangitata ‘Forest Creek’, April 28, 10.30am
  • Mid North branch field day: TAHERE FARMS FIELD DAY – Saturday April 30th 2016 10-30 am, Tahere road, Whareora. Ian and Sandy Page were winners of the NRC Water Quality Enhancement Award 2015 and the Balance Environmental Awards.
  • Mid Otago branch AGM, Thursday 5 May, 7.30 pm at Outram Hall
  • Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Conference 2016: Management of risk in Forestry, 12-13 May 2016, Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport (See below)
  • Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) Forum 2016: Current Perspectives on FES - Issues and Pathways to Implementation, 24th May 9am-4pm, Te Papa, Wellington. Registration fee $50. Registrations close 10th May.
  • Tactics and tools to reduce the pain of pest wasps in New Zealand, Tuesday June 7th, 10.00am – 2.30pm, Victoria University Wellington
  • Douglas-fir Breeding Workshop, University of Canterbury, Dovedale campus, Christchurch, 9 June 2016, 8.30am
  • Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2016. Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 October 2016, Launceston, Tasmania.



Introduction to Continuous Cover Forestry
The Wellington branch intends to run a series of articles and field days on Continuous Cover Forestry. Government policies, particularly in regard to Permanent Forest Sink Initiatives and in… Eric Cairn's Blog >>

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

Reports (Members Area)

NZFFA executive minutes, 16 February 2016

Joint Environment committee meeting, 1 March 2016
Don Wallace

News snippets

Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme: NZU prices have now moved to levels where PF Olsen are starting to receive enquiries around potential afforestation projects.

Manuka Establishment Basics: With demand for Manuka honey high, the interest in Manuka establishment for honey production is also increasing... more>>

Bioenergy-based projects: In a welcome initiative the Bioenergy Association has been invited to engage with Government on what the sector can contribute in terms of bioenergy based projects which will assist greenhouse gas emission reduction, and to suggest what additional measures Government could take which would assist achievement of the climate change targets agreed in Paris last year... more>>

Health and Safety at Work - A new era begins
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on Monday, 4 April this year. Since the Pike River tragedy thrust workplace health and safety firmly into the limelight... more>>

Time to Fence Those Waterways! Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament on 26 November 2015. The submission process is well underway with the Select Committee receiving submissions until Monday, 14 March 2016 ... more>>

Paris Climate Agreement and current forest plantings don't add up
On 12 December 2015, 196 countries agreed terms for a legally binding Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement... more>>

Fines for forestry failures
Two related Waikato companies have been fined a total of $64,525 following a poorly executed forestry harvesting operation near the Waitomo Caves... more>>

Eucs going cheap

PF Olsen has a container nursery at Waiuku, South Auckland.

One of our corporate clients has cancelled an order of E. nitens and E.fastigata.

Before deciding to destroy this crop we will try to sell what we can at low cost for planting this winter..  It may suit farm plantings or riparian on dairy.

Trees are container eucs, $200/1000 down from normal bulk rate of $350/1000.  So pretty cheap.  Terms are strictly cash (or bank deposit) up front before delivery.

Minimum order 1,000 trees.

We will pack in plastic-line boxes but buyer must arrange or pay for delivery to farm.  Trees will be ready for uplift from August.

Buyers should contact Dawn Lewis at:
DDI:            07 921 7205
Mobile:         021 726 742


3rd annual conference of the Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) research programme: Management of risk in forestry

Forest Genetics 101 workshop for industry/GCFF stakeholders
Wednesday 11 May 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Sudima Hotel, Auckland Airport

Phenotyping LiDAR cluster group meeting for industry/GCFF stakeholders (open event)
Wednesday 11 May 2:00 – 4:30 pm,  Sudima Hotel, Auckland Airport, plus video conference link – REGISTER BELOW

Annual ‘Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future’ conference and field trip – “Management of Risk in Forestry”
Thursday 12 – Friday 13 May 2016, Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport
Day 1: Field trip and conference dinner;
Day 2: Conference presentations

The Draft Agenda is now available [100 kB PDF] – updated 19 April 2016
NOTE: Registrations are due by 2 May 2016

Health and Safety

We've all been aware for months that the new HSW Act was to become effective on 4 April.  For those still not clear on how it will affect them, here are two references that you might find useful. 

Firstly, a summary of your responsibilities if you are self-employed (or on holiday) can be found at

A more comprehensive description together with your responsibilities if you employ staff can be found on the Worksafe document Introduction to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Our Health and Safety guru Julian Bateson recommends all 92 pages as good bedtime reading and also suggests that Section 1.3 SO FAR AS IS REASONABLY PRACTICABLE is the most important section. Please take the time to read this.

What does the Health and Safety at Work Act mean? Worksafe CEO Gordon McDonald presents this excellent video about what the Act means and how to work  with it. Importantly he explains the role and duty of the Person in Control of a Business Undertaking (PCBU) and also that of Senior Officers. The key messages around the new law include:

  • Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. We all have a role to play in improving workplace health and safety.
  • The focus is on identifying and managing risks.
  • Managing risks means doing what is sensible and proportionate.
  • The new law doesn’t create new risks that suddenly have to be managed – health and safety risks have always had to be managed.
  • Business with good health and safety practices now, has nothing to fear.
  • A safer and more engaged workforce improves productivity and reduces staff turnover, which is good for business.
  • It is important that everyone – workers, managers, self-employed and directors alike – understands what the Act means for them and take steps to comply with it.

It’s a change in people’s behaviours and attitudes to health and safety that will make the real difference. More>>

News from SafeTree - The new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) comes into force

The new health and safety legislation reinforces the importance of leadership of safety from the top. It means workers must be involved in health and safety, businesses must share responsibility for the safety of all workers including contractors, and it puts a strong focus on managing real risks in the workplace.

The new law is an opportunity for us to look at the ways we manage our health and safety and, along with our workers and contractors, see how we can improve so everyone understands them and uses them consistently.

In the first of a series of videos to come about HSWA, Wiremu Edmonds has a quick rundown on what the new law means for forestry. Video>>


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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