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Newsletter 95, October 2016

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   October 2016  No. 95
In this issue

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment emphatic on tree solution for reducing greenhouse gases

New DoC guidelines for kiwi protection in forests

Forestry Bulletin


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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NZ ETS review: update on stage two >>


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.

  • Afforestation Grant Scheme celebration event - 10 November, Canterbury A&P Show on 10 November. RSVP by Monday 7 November to or telephone 04 894 0246.
  • South Canterbury branch AGM, midday November 13th, Allan and Gail Laurie, 196 Maytown road , Waimate 
  • Waitomo branch field day, Jim Rogers, 421 Ouruwhero Road, Otorohanga,  Thursday 17 November, 1.30pm
  • South Otago branch field day, Friday 18 November 2016, 2 pm at the property of Robin and Emma Wightman winners of the Peter & Pearl Moffat Award, 1305 Tuapeka West Road
  • A Bold New Integrated Genetic Improvement Strategy for Forest Growers:
    4:00pm - 7:00pm Monday, 21st November 2016
    8:00am - 4:00pm  Tuesday 22nd November 2016
    Rotorua - Scion, Te Ngae Nursery and Kaingaroa Timberlands (Field Visit)
  • Northland totara working group field day, 23rd November, Rehford farms Ltd. 1792 Mangakahia Road
  • Mid North branch end-of-year field day, 3rd December 2016, Commercial Hotel in Dargaville, 11am
  • Workshop - threats posed to New Zealand from Myrtle rust – international perspectives, potential impacts and actions required
    9.00am to 4.00pm, 6th December 2016, Wellington Airport Conference Centre



Monocultures are natural
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More trees part of the answer to agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions
The Forest Owners Association is backing the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s call for more plantation forests to be planted in New Zealand to offset greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.… more>>

Forest industry wants to see how government can deliver on Biosecurity 2025 promise
The Forest Owners Association believes the government is aiming in the right direction with its just announced biosecurity ambitions, but wants to see real plans to deliver on this intention.… more>>

Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations
The pan forest and timber processing industry organisation, the New Zealand Wood Council (Woodco) says there is a supply challenge for many regions in the domestic processing industry. WoodCo media… more>>

Eucalyptus Beetle Investigation Underway
Eucalyptus Beetle (paropsisterna beata) Investigation Underway MPI has been conducting an investigation on a suspect eucalyptus beetle found on firewood as a result of a posting on NatureWatch.  more>>

Reports (Members Area)

Environment committee 27 October 2016

Promotions & Membership Committee 8 August 2016

WoodCo board meeting August 8th 2016

Forest Products Export Committee Meeting, 19th October 2015, Auckland


Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment emphatic on tree solution for reducing greenhouse gases

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright has lobbied for trees as at least a short term ‘low tech’ solution for the increasing volume of New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Read the report here.

Dr Wright repeatedly stated that there is no ‘silver bullet’ imminent or proven for reducing methane from livestock or nitrous oxide from pastures, even if there are many solutions worth exploring.

In contrast, the report was much more optimistic about the greenhouse gas lockup of pine plantations.  Sixty hectares of pine would capture the greenhouse gas output of a five thousand sheep farm over 20 years.

Dr Wright also suggested increasing use of winter or standoff pads for dairy cows.  Dairy NZ recommends each cow on such a pad should be allocated a clean bed in such as pad, comprising 2.5m3 of sawdust, shavings or bark (which is the amount derived from about 2m3 of green timber)
Forest Owners’ Peter Weir responded to the report

From FOA e-news Issue 67


New DoC guidelines for kiwi protection in forests

The Department of Conservation has released a new set of guidelines for kiwi protection.  They were developed by Kiwis for kiwi’s National Mentor for Advocacy, Wendy Sporle, and include a short training module for forestry crews to manage on-the-ground kiwi.

Northland forestry companies, Summit Forests and Hancock Forest Management have begun rolling out the training to harvesting and roading crews and the programme will extend to the rest of New Zealand.

Wendy Sporle says “Many forestry companies are very proactive about protecting kiwi and doing a fantastic job. There is still a need though for a set of consistent, practical and effective steps that can be taken to adopt kiwi friendly forestry management across the board.”

Hancock Forest Management’s Environmental Planner, Tony Dwane, says “Some of our forests have isolated populations of kiwi and we are always vigilant for any kiwi sign.  The new guidelines have simplified the information and made it easier to communicate to the crews what to do if encountering kiwi.”

“Quite a few of the crew members have never heard a kiwi call and were not aware of the difference between the male and female calls.  This training will better prepare crews for any potential kiwi encounters in our forests.”
More details at

Forestry Bulletin

The Spring issue of the Forestry Bulletin is now available online at

Articles in this issue include:

  • Mind The Log Gap
  • Eucalypt Beetles Test GIA; 
  • Assurances For Forest Owners in New Safetree Contractor Certification Scheme
  • 1991 Forest Accord Anniversary Celebrated
  • Forest Portal Goes Live
  • Forests of Tomorrow
  • Waikato Plan Change Misses The Mark
  • Eucalypt Beetle Back Again
  • Teleharvester On Way To Getting Boots Off The Slope
  • NZIF Award To Sally Strang
  • Cattle Stop Inspiration For River Crossings



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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