New national forest policy proposed

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry proposed the introduction of a new national policy for the industry at the sector’s annual conference in an effort to help the  government “develop sound long-term strategies for forestry development.”

Logs prices high but local activity slows

New Zealand structural log prices are at their highest level for 25 years as local mills compete with exporters to secure supply for the domestic construction market amid strong demand from China.


Forestry backs its biosecurity

The forestry sector has responded with surprise to claims it has fallen behind pastoral farming in its biosecurity measures, maintaining the sector has done more than its share to protect commercial forests from incursions.

Farming’s low carbon future

The rural sector is likely to lose population and services as livestock is replaced by up to 2.8 million ha of new forestry so New Zealand can become a net zero carbon emitter by 2050.

Outlook is good for log exports

Log exports have picked up after a slowdown ahead of the Chinese New Year and traders are optimistic about the outlook for the year ahead, according to the latest AgriHQ forest market report.

Forest rule puts the cart first

Taranaki farmer Neil Walker hopes proposed changes by the Government will add clarity to the eligibility rules for forests joining the Emissions Trading Scheme.

January log exports up

New Zealand exported more than one million cubic metres of softwood logs in January, only the second time in the country’s history that such a high volume has been shipped in the month.

Forestry spread worries farmers

Assurances are being sought the Government’s billion-tree planting programme will not gut rural communities of people and services.

Scion research supports native nursery project

Breakthrough technology developed by Scion researchers is playing a big part in the ability of the Minginui Nursery to expand its operations and the ability to replenish larger tracts of native forest.

Boost for Maori tree nursery

The rubber has started to hit the road in the Government’s $1 billion regional development policy as an iwi nursery project becomes one of the first recipients of $5.8 million to allow it to expand operations.