Iwi propose 1 million ha of new forest

10 February 2015                         

Iwi leaders have drawn up an ambitious proposal to plant a million hectares of forest in exchange for Government's agreement to step up efforts to combat climate change.

Log prices recovering

5 February 2015

Export log prices have moved up recently, due largely to falling freight costs, says the February edition of ANZ AgriFocus. Freight costs are now at their lowest levels in nearly six years due to the fall in oil prices and extra shipping capacity.

NZ joins PEFC

27 January 2015

PEFC forest certification is now available in New Zealand, providing an alternative to FSC certification that has been established here for many years. This follows acceptance by PEFC international of the NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) as its New Zealand member.

Safety champions honoured by paper

27 December 2014

Wiremu (Lee) and Marsella Edmonds were selected in early January by the Rotorua Daily Post as the Rotorua community's "People of the Year".  Following the death of their son Robert Ruri-Epapara in a forestry accident two years ago, they have become passionate advocates for forest safety.

Forestry opportunities in Maori Agribusiness

19 December 2014

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the release of a report highlighting the economic opportunities for forestry through more productive use of Māori freehold land.

Log yard expansion for Gisborne port

10 December 2014

Log yard expansion to begin in January - Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd announced today that construction work to expand Eastland Port's upper log yard by 1.3 hectares will begin in January 2015.

Log prices expected to rise from 2016

1 December 2014

Log prices in China are likely to be subdued next year but start climbing from 2016 as it places greater reliance on supplies from New Zealand, AgriHQ analyst Ivan Luketina says in the China Forestry Report 2015.

Limited benefits for wood products in Korean FTA

20 November 2014

At its meeting today the Wood Council of NZ (Woodco) said tariffs will continue to restrict trade in processed wood products despite the signing of a FTA with South Korea.