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Plantation forestry debate lights up the South

About 70 people attended a panel debate “Plantation forestry — threat or opportunity?” in Dunedin, New Zealand in early December.…

8 December 2021

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2022 SWC Forestry Awards Dates Announced

Every year, the forestry industry from throughout the lower South Island meet for an evening of celebration in Dunedin. It’s…

8 November 2021

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Export log shortage expected

New Zealand could face a shortage of export logs within the next decade, caused by insufficient planting activity after the…

28 October 2021

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Biomass favourite for decarbonising SI process heat

Biomass is the clear favourite for industrial process heat users in the South Island of New Zealand looking to decarbonise…

13 October 2021

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Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset

Two European pension funds, APG Asset Management (APG) on behalf of its Dutch pension fund client ABP, and UK’s Pension…

4 October 2021

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Funding support for local Forestry Pathways Programme

In its latest funding round, Otago Community Trust awarded a NZ$19,611 grant to the Tokomairiro Training Pathways course to assist…

30 September 2021

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Ikea acquires Otago land for forestry

The parent company of Swedish retail giant Ikea has acquired 5,500 hectares of New Zealand farmland for forestry plantation. A…

16 September 2021

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Contracting industry becoming ‘cut throat’

NZ contractors are losing out on work as forest owners cancel pending contracts to hold out for log prices to…

2 September 2021

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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel…

27 August 2021

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New video for NZ primary school students

The second video, What is a Forester for the Wood is Good program was filmed in Masterton and features again,…

19 August 2021

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Father and son graduate forestry course together

A father and son duo from Southland have shown there’s value in getting back to the books, even after four…

18 August 2021

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Fonterra announce another switch to wood biomass

As Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu…

27 July 2021

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WorkSafe reminder on forest safety

(WorkSafe) Health and Safety Paramount On Forestry Sites A tragic forestry fatality on the East Coast could have been avoided…

21 July 2021

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Southland farm bought for forestry

A Malaysian company has been given consent to buy a nearly 460ha sheep and beef farm in Western Southland. The…

21 July 2021

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Digital communications rolled out across forestry operations

A new digital radio system from Motorola Solutions and communications partner Central Radio Services (CRS) is helping New Zealand’s City…

15 July 2021

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Optimistic outlook for tree seedlings supplier

“Strong momentum and supportive tail winds” have created an optimistic outlook for the New Zealand operation of a global genetics…

1 July 2021

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Wood is Good on the road in the South

The first day of the industry’s Wood is Good roadshow started at Outram School for 176 Students, Principal Kim Allan…

1 July 2021

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Biofuel in Southland being hit by log prices

An Invercargill businessman is worried that international demand for logs is driving up the price of woodchips used to fuel…

2 June 2021

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Southern Wood Council update – Rural South

Southern Wood Council is an industry grouping of companies sharing an interest in forestry based in Otago, Southland and South…

1 June 2021

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2021 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

Last Friday saw again an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South…

24 May 2021

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NZ Council seeking controls over carbon forestry

Following concerns raised by the public and a visit to the site of October’s Livingstone fire, Otago Regional Councillors and…

20 May 2021

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Southland Forestry Open Day attracts local students

With the enthusiastic support of industry front-line staff, the 2021 Be the Future of Forestry Day went off without a…

1 April 2021

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NZ$30 million biomass boiler on track

The first steam from Danone Nutricia NZ’s innovative new biomass boiler plant in South Otago is expected in August. In…

26 February 2021

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Forestry industry post COVID-19 busier than ever

COVID-19 recovery training numbers tracking well in the New Zealand forestry sector, with more trainees than ever carving out a…

2 December 2020

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Funding boost for Generation Programme

Eastland Wood Council’s Generation Programme has received a huge boost from Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) who have topped…

1 December 2020

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Southland sawmill sold

The sale of a Southland sawmill has been described as “devastating” for the local community, but the company that has…

20 November 2020

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Southland woman inducted to Road Transport Hall of Fame

Anita Dynes is the first woman to be inducted in the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame for 2020. Dynes,…

15 November 2020

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New Canterbury West Coast Wood Council formed

The eighth Wood Council in New Zealand is a combination of forestry, transport, processing, regional councils, contractors, nurseries and Canterbury…

12 November 2020

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Update to Forestry Careers Resources

Forestry Careers is an important initiative designed to promote New Zealand forestry as an exciting career choice. The website is…

9 November 2020

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Fire and Emergency honours’ award recipients

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chief Executive, Rhys Jones has congratulated five firefighters and support personnel from Cromwell, Kaikoura, Ranfurly,…

22 October 2020

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Training course attracting women to forestry

In New Zealand, an Eastland Wood Council forestry training programme aimed at keeping pace with the demand for forestry workers…

19 October 2020

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Forestry industry in the South remains resilient

While forestry was one of the first industries to be impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, the sector remains resilient with…

16 October 2020

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Latest NZ Forestry Facts and Figures out

The latest NZ Forestry Facts and Figures 2019/20 produced by the Forest Owners Association is now available on-line. Due to…

6 October 2020

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The 2021 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards

The 2020 forestry awards programme for the lower South Island unfortunately had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.  We weren’t…

23 September 2020

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Invercargill City Council finds buyer for forestry

The Invercargill City Council has a buyer for its forestry estate and the sale now sits with the Overseas Investment…

22 September 2020

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Primary industry centre of vocational excellence

Fiona Kingsford, CEO of New Zealand’s industry training organisation, Competenz, has welcomed the government’s announcement of the stakeholder group to…

15 September 2020

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Silvicultural work highlighted in new videos

Silviculture workers are crucial to the success of New Zealand’s forestry industry. However sometimes the important work they do can…

15 September 2020

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New posts on Rural Fire Research Blog

As a result of the recent research burns and associated publicity, Scion’s fire team now has a number of new…

15 September 2020

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SWC describes forests amendment bill as ‘a lemon’

Southern forestry groups are wary of an amendment that would attempt to control log market prices for the industry.  The…

14 July 2020

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SWC Forest Products Scholarship 2020

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…

23 April 2020

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Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

Wood Council’s across New Zealand this year have had to cancel their annual awards programmes. Measures to tackle the COVID-19…

3 April 2020

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SWC 2020 Forestry Awards: Event has been cancelled

The SWC 2020 Forestry Awards has been cancelled. This decision was made after consultation with Members and is due to…

20 March 2020

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SWC Awards 2020’s Guest Presenter: Simon McKinney

The eagerly awaited 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is quickly approaching. On Friday, 8 May 2020, the forestry industry…

31 January 2020

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City Forests contribution to the region

Forestry may be getting a bad rap lately particularly from the farming community, but there is no arguing with its…

19 December 2019

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Nominations are Open for 2020 SWC Forestry Awards

The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards is being held on Friday 8 May 2020 in Dunedin, New Zealand. This is…

25 November 2019

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The 2020 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards [New Date]

Mark the date into your diaries, Friday 8 May 2020.  This is the date set down for the eagerly awaited…

28 August 2019

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Transpower / Forestry Workshop [2 Oct 2019]

If you’re a forestry contractor, harvest planner, forestry manager or owner involved in wood harvesting operations in the Otago or…

9 August 2019

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Otago-Southland Forest Products Industry Dinner Meeting [2 Oct 2019]

It’s time to gather as an industry again. It’s been a long winter, log prices have probably seen better days…

6 August 2019

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Forestry opportunities offered to school students

A group of young foresters put their best foot forward at Otago’s annual Careers Expo that ran in the town…

18 June 2019

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Paige picking up top honour in forestry awards

Paige Harland was born to be in the bush.  Miss Harland (21) comes from a Southland family who have sap…

10 June 2019

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The future in forestry – a combined approach

Southern forestry employers are adopting a collaborative approach to ensure the next generation of workers are not only keen on…

4 June 2019

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Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

Last Friday saw an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island…

27 May 2019

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The future of forestry for Southland schools

Southland students have been encouraged to become the future of forestry.  To coincide with the UN International Day of Forests,…

27 March 2019

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Inaugural Forestry Scholarship Recipients Named

Three Southern tertiary students are among the eight recipients of an inaugural forestry scholarship. The Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau scholarships…

14 March 2019

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Southern forestry training course starts

A new forestry training course set up by Tokomairiro Training in partnership in the lower South Island of New Zealand…

26 February 2019

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Scott Thomas – multi-million dollar machine operator

Scott Thomas is a young man with an exciting future. Aged just 21, he is currently working for Gamble Forest…

21 December 2018

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2019 Forestry Award Nominations

This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in training, in growing, processing and transporting wood and for those…

10 December 2018

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2019 SWC Awards Guest Presenter

Davey Hughes, Founder, Swazi Most working in forestry know of the kiwi outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI® Proudly designed and manufactured…

10 December 2018

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2019 SWC Forestry Awards Programme

Mark the date into your diary. Yes, it’s that time again. The forestry awards programme for the lower South Island…

1 December 2018

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Southland Youth Futures working with students

Southland Youth Futures is a community programme being run in the lower part of New Zealand. It’s linking young people…

27 November 2018

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Forestry apprentices growing the industry

In a recent issue of Friday Offcuts, we asked for more good news stories to profile the industry, particularly to…

26 November 2018

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Future Foresters quick growing

A group of young New Zealand foresters is working to raise the profile of their industry and provide support for…

26 November 2018

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Logging machinery attract students

Mike Hurring Logging, the largest harvesting contractor in the Otago and Southland region, held an open day on Saturday 2nd…

12 June 2018

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SWC Forestry Awards 2018 Winners

2017 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South. Friday 12 May 2017 saw another outstanding turnout by local forestry…

28 May 2018

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Farming fresh water crayfish in Southland forests

Southern Crawlies: A marine scientist farms fresh-water koura (crayfish) in forestry ponds across the south, giving a new lease of…

27 May 2018

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2018 SWC Forest Products Scholarship

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…

9 April 2018

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Guest Speaker for 2018 SWC Awards Evening

Aaron Fleming is an award-winning New Zealand leader, athlete, and author with one of the most moving tales you will…

2 March 2018

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Nominations for the SWC Awards End 30 March 2018

The 2018 SWC Forestry Awards evening is, once again, is shaping up again to be a huge night out for the…

2 March 2018

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MEDIA RELEASE: Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

MEDIA RELEASE 20 February 2018 Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the…

20 February 2018

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New training programme for Southern harvesting crews

Skills shortages and attracting new entrants into harvesting operations is a major issue within the forestry industry right now. It’s…

30 November 2017

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The 2018 SWC Forestry Awards Programme

Yes, it’s that time again. The forestry awards programme for the lower South Island is running again in 2018. The…

10 November 2017

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Spotlight: Working in Forestry

In this video produced by Southland Youth Futures, a local forestry company, Rayonier/Matarikia, outline the variety of roles that are…

25 August 2017

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Careers in Forestry

Check out the stories of three young women, Pauline Edge, Acacia Farmery and Briony Hooper, who have all recently picked…

21 July 2017

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NZ Forest Industry Important Nationally, Regionally and Environmentally – NZIER Report

A report on the plantation forest industry has highlighted its value to national and regional economies, as well as forestry’s…

21 July 2017

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SWC Forestry Awards 2017

2017 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South. Friday 12 May 2017 saw another outstanding turnout by local forestry…

15 May 2017

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The changing the face of the industry

“Women are the answer to New Zealand’s skilled worker shortage,” says Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ. “Wood is going to be…

15 March 2017

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SWC Forest Products Scholarships 2017

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…

15 February 2017

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SWC Forestry Awards 2016

2016 Forestry training and success celebrated in the South   Around 120 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in…

15 May 2016

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SWC Forestry Awards 2015

2015 SWC Awards Programme The Southern Wood Council in conjunction with the country’s Industry Training Organisation, Competenz, runs an annual…

15 May 2015