Parity is parlous, say processors

10 April 2015

The Government's vision of doubling the value of exports from the primary sector has become a lot hazier in the last few days as the Kiwi dollar moves into parity with its Australian counterpart, say wood processors.

Rotorua, first to be wood-first

10 April 2015

Rotorua Lakes Council in NZ has adopted a Wood First Policy and action plan. The policy, aimed at encouraging use of wood products and supporting the district's vital wood industry, was adopted at a meeting of the council's Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee on 1 April.

SFF forestry projects announced

01 April 2015

Forestry will benefit from five new projects in the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) round announced today by associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew.

Logging death in Taranaki

26 March 2015

A forestry worker has died after being struck by a log falling off a truck in Taranaki yesterday morning. He was James Stuart Oxenham, 72, of Urenui in north Taranaki, who was working in a logging operation in the Te Wera Forest, east of Stratford.

Plant a tree for International Forest Day

21 March 2015

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew marked United Nations International Day of Forests at the Methven A&P show today, by planting a maple tree with industry representatives.

Forest contractor failure puts jobs at risk

17 March 2015

The collapse of one of the country's largest forest contractors, Harvestpro, will send a shock wave through rural communities as their workers are made redundant. The fragile rural economy in Northland, of all places, did not need this business blow. Many skilled people will be put out of work. The industry association for forest contracting is concerned this failure and job losses could be repeated and wants others to come forward if they need assistance to keep afloat.

Northland leases returned to Māori owners

5 March 2015

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined Māori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease.

MPI official says NES is 'likely'

28 February 2015

New Resource Management Act (RMA) regulations for plantation forestry may be introduced by 2016 to replace the current diverse range of district and regional plan rules.

Govt reaps what it sows

20 February 2015                         

Forest planting is falling. Blame the people who keep changing the rulesp an ambitious proposal to plant a million hectares of forest in exchange for Government's agreement to step up efforts to combat climate change.