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Newsletter 98, March 2017

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

Wellington 6143


Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   March 2017  No. 98
In this issue

SafeTree update


Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Office
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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Reminder: Time is running out to register for Middle Districts Conference.

Resignation of Glenn Tims as Association Manager:

National Office will be manned only for 1-2 days a week for the next few weeks and so there will be a time delay in responding to contacts.  Branches wanting sets of labels should give at least two weeks notice.


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.

  • Lower North branch field day, Saturday 25th of March, Warkworth
  • 2017 GCFF conference and field trip: Productivity challenges and opportunities in Southern forests, 28-30 March 2017, Otago Museum, Dunedin
    The three day “Growing confidence in forestry’s future” conference is focused on the challenges and opportunities in Southern forests. 
  • Mid Otago branch AGM, Thursday 30 March: the AGM will be held at 5 pm, followed at 5.30 by a site visit to view the use of Cross Laminated Timber in the new Otago Polytechnic Student Village.
  • Marborough Forest Industry Association field day, Saturday 1st April 2017
  • Specialty Wood Products Conference - Progress 2 Years In, Monday, 3rd April 2017, Holiday Inn Hotel, 10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
  • Douglas-fir Breeding Seminar, Thursday, 6th April 2017, University of Canterbury, Wheki 102, Christchurch, 10:30am to 3:00pm
  • NZFFA Conference 2017 "The Challenge of Diverse Landforms"
    Conference 2017 will be held at Feilding, Manawatu, Thursday 6th April - Sunday 9th April 2017.
  • Durable eucalypts on drylands: Protecting and enhancing valueWorkshop 19th - 20th April 2017, Marlborough Research Centre, Blenheim. NZ Drylands Forestry Initiative
  • Gisborne/East Coast field dayMay 3rd.-4th, Tutira Arboretum and other planted areas.

NZFFA Middle Districts Conference

6-9 April 2017, Feilding.  (Additional Whanganui Day 10 April)

Accommodation  You need to book accommodation early to secure accommodation in Feilding.   There is plenty of accommodation outside of Feilding but your conference days will be longer.   Contact i-site Travel Specialist Rachel Lamb, phone 06 350 1922, email

Registration  The Early Registration Discount applies up to 28 February 2017.  If you have any questions about registration, contact Registrar Jane Priest, phone 06 328 9852 or email

"The first article about the Conference was in your November 2016 Tree Grower magazine, and a further article and Registration Form will be in your February 2017 issue.  There is also information on the Conference web page and you can register there online



Sustainable totara management and biodiversity conservation in Northland
David Norton and Laura Young, School of Forestry

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


Innovative Harvesting demonstration field day

When: Monday, 10th April 2017

Where: Ray McDougall’s (McDougall Logging Ltd) logging site
in Greenoch Forest, 35 km north of Whanganui (see maps below)

As part of the NZ Farm Forestry Association 2017 Conference, you are invited to a FFR demonstration of sophisticated steepland harvesting on 10th April 2017.

The demo site is at Ray McDougall’s (McDougall Logging Ltd) logging site in Greenoch Forest, 35 km north of Whanganui (see maps below). 

The harvesting operation consists of a Thunderbird TTY70 yarder and mobile tail hold, a processor and loader. Equipment to be demonstrated includes:

  • Skyshifter twin winch tail hold carriage (Awdon Technologies Ltd)
  • New model CutoverCam hauler vision system (Cutover Systems Ltd)
  • Alpine Grapple Carriage (Logpro Ltd)
  • HarvestNAV machine navigation system (Margules Groome Ltd)
  • RopeTalk skyline tension monitor (Logpro Ltd)
  • New UAV (‘drone’) technology (Interpine Group)

A marquee will be set up to display the drone view of the harvesting operation, the CutoverCam view of the grappling site, and other video of products which are part of the Steepland Harvesting Programme.

Cost of Field Day:  $77.00  ($50 conference registration fee waived)

Cost includes lunch, bus and supply of hard hat and Hi-viz vest for the day, but bring your own if you have them.  Sturdy footwear required but we will be viewing the logging operation from a distance and not be on the actual logging site itself.

Registration Options:

  • Download the conference registration form, fill in your contact details and post with cheque or credit card details to the Conference Registrar, PO Box 254, Feilding 4740.
  • You can register online with your credit card, but please note that the online system automatically includes the registration fee – if you use this method the registration fee will be refunded directly into your credit card account.
  • Direct Credit or pay with cash or cheque on the day – email Conference Registrar Jane Priest to set up these options.

For more information, contact Dougal McIntosh, phone 06 342 1895, email

Itinerary and directions >>

Workplan for demonstration >>

Reports (Members Area)

FOA meeting 14 March 2017

Woodco board meeting 15 March 2017

Transportation Committee Meeting February 2017

Promotions committee 13 March 2017

Environment committee 28 February 2017

Biosecurity Committee meeting March 2017

Report on Land and Water Forum Plenary Session 28 February 2017

SafeTree update

Recent posts on SafeTree:

Leadership and culture
March 6, 2017
Benefits of building frontline leadership –

  • Hancock case study (Video 5:46)
  • Hancock case study (PDF 2.6MB)

How to make a work plan – a new Safetree resource to help create forestry work plans
November 24, 2016
Planning is critical to the success of a forestry operation. The more planning done before work begins, the smoother – and safer – the operation should go.Safetree has created a resource, How to make a Work Plan, outlining the main plans that..


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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