NZ needs to expand its forest cover: report

22 April 2016

Pure Advantage today launches its new report, Our Forest Future, as the Government signs a landmark UN agreement to rein in global warming. The group calls for a new national forest strategy that would halt deforestation and ultimately create 1.3 million hectares of new forest.

Fourth death in forestry this year

31 March 2016

A forestry worker has been killed after a tree fell on him in a forest north of Napier. The death is the fourth in forestry this year.

NZ forest harvest volumes fall in 2015 for first time in 7 years

21 March 2015

New Zealand forest harvest volumes declined in 2015 for the first time in seven years as uncertainty about future prices prompted plantation owners to hold back from felling their trees.

Hikurangi Forest Farms falsely accused

 18 March 2016

The claim made this week that local stakeholders in the Gisborne forestry industry have accused Hikurangi Forest Farms of boycotting the Prime Sawmill appears to have little basis, according to an article in The Gisborne Herald. It appears to be part of a dispute between a Swiss-based conservation fund and HFF's parent company, Malaysian-owned Samling Group.

Time to level the playing field

16 March 2016

In a wide-ranging address, Wood Council chair Brian Stanley, has called upon the government to level the playing field for the forest and wood products industries. He says they are tilted against New Zealand's interests in overseas markets and domestically by environmental legislation that favours intensive livestock farming over forestry.

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.