New wood products partnership launched

11 March 2016

The formal launch today of the Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership, marks a new chapter for the forestry sector in New Zealand, says the Associate Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Jo Goodhew.

Landcorp confirms forest-to-dairy backdown

8 March 2016

State-owned farming company Landcorp has confirmed it is backing away from a massive planned forest to dairy conversion on the Wairakei Estate in the central North Island. Almost 40 dairy farms, running 30,000 cows were planned for the land leased at the Estate, where Landcorp currently runs 13 dairy farms with 17,000 cows.

Forest companies help reduce Northland road dust

19 February 2016

Two forestry companies have agreed to fund the application of dust suppressant on stretches of roads in Pakotai serviced by their logging trucks.

Making progress with safety

2 February 2016

Although there were fewer deaths and serious injuries in forestry last year, a safety group says there's still got a lot of work to do to reach the goal of zero fatalities.
WorkSafe figures show serious injuries halved to 78 in 2015 from 160 in 2013, with three forestry workers dying last year.

Exceptional Efforts by New Zealand Forester Rewarded

12 January 2016

The Wood Council of New Zealand is delighted that Dr Andrew McEwen has received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours' List for services to forestry. The Wood Council of New Zealand is the peak body representing forest growers, forestry contractors, wood processors and manufacturers.

Andrew McEwen honoured for services to forestry

11 January 2016

Andrew McEwen, immediate past president of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF), received an Officer of the Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list for his services to forestry.

Sumitomo buys Hancock's Nelson forests

29 December 2015

Giant Japanese company Sumitomo has bought out Hancock Forest Management's 30,000 hectares of Nelson region pine forests in a $370 million deal that gives its big Richmond timber processing plants long-term security of supply. NPI already has 5000ha. The buyout covers the former Baigent forests to the east of Golden Downs, and a smaller area at Hira, east of Nelson city.

Kiwis to showcase steep slope logging innovation in Canada

23 December 2015

A Steep Slope Logging Conference to be held in March in Richmond, British Columbia, will showcase New Zealand steep slope logging technology. The use of machines to log steep slopes has played a big role in reducing logging accidents in New Zealand. 

Ernslaw One buys Woodville sheep station

15 December 2015

Malaysian-owned forestry company Ernslaw One has been granted consent by the Overseas Investment Office to buy 1264-hectare Kumeroa Station near Woodville for $5.4 million.