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Transport company tackling driver fatigue

19 May 2022

Dynes Transport are on a mission to save lives and livelihoods. They paired together smart technology solutions from Seeing Machines…
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IKEA – production not carbon forestry?

18 May 2022

The company behind multi-national furniture and home accessories brand IKEA claims its purchase of a large Southland farm is for…
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Worksafe: Close scrutiny or radical over-reach?

13 May 2022

New Zealand workers are still being maimed and killed in huge numbers, but WorkSafe’s boss is ambitious to deliver change.…
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Malaysian Co. buys 264ha of Tuatapere land for forestry

4 May 2022

A Malaysian company has bought a second swath of western Southland commercial forestry land in the space of 11 months.…
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New Guest Speaker for SWC Forestry 2022 Awards

3 May 2022

We’re delighted to announce that Tangaroa Walker is this year’s rescheduled training awards guest presenter. The SWC Forestry 2022 Awards is…
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Ravensdown switching to wood biomass fuel

27 April 2022

Ravensdown has announced that it has achieved NZ Government co-funding to accompany the co-operative’s investment to install a biomass combustor…
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Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed

14 April 2022

A partnership between Pioneer Energy and Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd in the lower South Island of New Zealand has been…
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SWC Awards 2022: New Dates

10 April 2022

How things can change. With the rising case numbers of Omicron in New Zealand and the obvious reluctance of people…
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Wenita gets behind predator initiative

22 March 2022

Wenita Forest Products and asset manager New Forests are teaming up with Predator Free Dunedin to increase protection for native…
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Trial of new silviculture mentoring programme

10 March 2022

Ten silviculture crews around New Zealand have completed a trial of a new mentoring programme developed by the Forest and…
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Pre-training prepares job seekers for forestry work

8 March 2022

Nathan Fogden has 2,000 hectares of land to plant and prune in 2022 but not the staff to complete the…
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Monster Redwood from South Canterbury

2 March 2022

This log is from a Sequoiadendron giganteum. The tree’s common name is either Giant sequoia or Sierra Redwood. It has…
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Invercargill $3.77 m decarbonisation fund now available

2 March 2022

A new NZ$3.77 million government fund is being made available to help Invercargill businesses make the change from fossil fuel…
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Obituary – Shaun Cawood

17 February 2022

Well known to many in New Zealand’s forestry and wood products industries, Shaun Cawood unfortunately passed away on 24 January…
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Yes – big trees, they still exist

3 February 2022

Murray Logging owner Andrew Murray said cutting the trees and getting them on a truck was laborious. They were cut…
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Funding to increase forestry workforce in Otago

21 January 2022

Forestry’s future workforce has received a boost through a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and an Otago…
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Plantation forestry debate lights up the South

8 December 2021

About 70 people attended a panel debate “Plantation forestry — threat or opportunity?” in Dunedin, New Zealand in early December.…
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2022 SWC Forestry Awards Dates Announced

8 November 2021

[Update: Please note the Awards has been rescheduled for 27 May 2022] Every year, the forestry industry from throughout the…
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Export log shortage expected

28 October 2021

New Zealand could face a shortage of export logs within the next decade, caused by insufficient planting activity after the…
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Biomass favourite for decarbonising SI process heat

13 October 2021

Biomass is the clear favourite for industrial process heat users in the South Island of New Zealand looking to decarbonise…
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Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset

4 October 2021

Two European pension funds, APG Asset Management (APG) on behalf of its Dutch pension fund client ABP, and UK’s Pension…
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Funding support for local Forestry Pathways Programme

30 September 2021

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

16 September 2021

The parent company of Swedish retail giant Ikea has acquired 5,500 hectares of New Zealand farmland for forestry plantation. A…
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Contracting industry becoming ‘cut throat’

2 September 2021

NZ contractors are losing out on work as forest owners cancel pending contracts to hold out for log prices to…
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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

27 August 2021

Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel…
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New video for NZ primary school students

19 August 2021

The second video, What is a Forester for the Wood is Good program was filmed in Masterton and features again,…
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Father and son graduate forestry course together

18 August 2021

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

27 July 2021

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

21 July 2021

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

21 July 2021

A Malaysian company has been given consent to buy a nearly 460ha sheep and beef farm in Western Southland. The…
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Digital communications rolled out across forestry operations

15 July 2021

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

1 July 2021

“Strong momentum and supportive tail winds” have created an optimistic outlook for the New Zealand operation of a global genetics…
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Wood is Good on the road in the South

1 July 2021

The first day of the industry’s Wood is Good roadshow started at Outram School for 176 Students, Principal Kim Allan…
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Biofuel in Southland being hit by log prices

2 June 2021

An Invercargill businessman is worried that international demand for logs is driving up the price of woodchips used to fuel…
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Southern Wood Council update – Rural South

1 June 2021

Southern Wood Council is an industry grouping of companies sharing an interest in forestry based in Otago, Southland and South…
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2021 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

24 May 2021

Last Friday saw again an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South…
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NZ Council seeking controls over carbon forestry

20 May 2021

Following concerns raised by the public and a visit to the site of October’s Livingstone fire, Otago Regional Councillors and…
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Southland Forestry Open Day attracts local students

1 April 2021

With the enthusiastic support of industry front-line staff, the 2021 Be the Future of Forestry Day went off without a…
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NZ$30 million biomass boiler on track

26 February 2021

The first steam from Danone Nutricia NZ’s innovative new biomass boiler plant in South Otago is expected in August. In…
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Forestry industry post COVID-19 busier than ever

2 December 2020

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

1 December 2020

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

20 November 2020

The sale of a Southland sawmill has been described as “devastating” for the local community, but the company that has…
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Southland woman inducted to Road Transport Hall of Fame

15 November 2020

Anita Dynes is the first woman to be inducted in the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame for 2020. Dynes,…
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New Canterbury West Coast Wood Council formed

12 November 2020

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

9 November 2020

Forestry Careers is an important initiative designed to promote New Zealand forestry as an exciting career choice. The website is…
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Fire and Emergency honours’ award recipients

22 October 2020

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Chief Executive, Rhys Jones has congratulated five firefighters and support personnel from Cromwell, Kaikoura, Ranfurly,…
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Training course attracting women to forestry

19 October 2020

In New Zealand, an Eastland Wood Council forestry training programme aimed at keeping pace with the demand for forestry workers…
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Forestry industry in the South remains resilient

16 October 2020

While forestry was one of the first industries to be impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, the sector remains resilient with…
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Latest NZ Forestry Facts and Figures out

6 October 2020

The latest NZ Forestry Facts and Figures 2019/20 produced by the Forest Owners Association is now available on-line. Due to…
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The 2021 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards

23 September 2020

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

22 September 2020

The Invercargill City Council has a buyer for its forestry estate and the sale now sits with the Overseas Investment…
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Primary industry centre of vocational excellence

15 September 2020

Fiona Kingsford, CEO of New Zealand’s industry training organisation, Competenz, has welcomed the government’s announcement of the stakeholder group to…
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Silvicultural work highlighted in new videos

15 September 2020

Silviculture workers are crucial to the success of New Zealand’s forestry industry. However sometimes the important work they do can…
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New posts on Rural Fire Research Blog

15 September 2020

As a result of the recent research burns and associated publicity, Scion’s fire team now has a number of new…
Featured image for “SWC describes forests amendment bill as ‘a lemon’”

SWC describes forests amendment bill as ‘a lemon’

14 July 2020

Southern forestry groups are wary of an amendment that would attempt to control log market prices for the industry.  The…
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SWC Forest Products Scholarship 2020

23 April 2020

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…
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Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

3 April 2020

Wood Council’s across New Zealand this year have had to cancel their annual awards programmes. Measures to tackle the COVID-19…
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SWC 2020 Forestry Awards: Event has been cancelled

20 March 2020

The SWC 2020 Forestry Awards has been cancelled. This decision was made after consultation with Members and is due to…
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SWC Awards 2020’s Guest Presenter: Simon McKinney

31 January 2020

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

19 December 2019

Forestry may be getting a bad rap lately particularly from the farming community, but there is no arguing with its…
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Nominations are Open for 2020 SWC Forestry Awards

25 November 2019

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

28 August 2019

Mark the date into your diaries, Friday 8 May 2020.  This is the date set down for the eagerly awaited…
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Transpower / Forestry Workshop [2 Oct 2019]

9 August 2019

If you’re a forestry contractor, harvest planner, forestry manager or owner involved in wood harvesting operations in the Otago or…
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Otago-Southland Forest Products Industry Dinner Meeting [2 Oct 2019]

6 August 2019

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

18 June 2019

A group of young foresters put their best foot forward at Otago’s annual Careers Expo that ran in the town…
Featured image for “Paige picking up top honour in forestry awards”

Paige picking up top honour in forestry awards

10 June 2019

Paige Harland was born to be in the bush.  Miss Harland (21) comes from a Southland family who have sap…
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The future in forestry – a combined approach

4 June 2019

Southern forestry employers are adopting a collaborative approach to ensure the next generation of workers are not only keen on…
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Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South

27 May 2019

Last Friday saw an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island…
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The future of forestry for Southland schools

27 March 2019

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

14 March 2019

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

26 February 2019

A new forestry training course set up by Tokomairiro Training in partnership in the lower South Island of New Zealand…
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Scott Thomas – multi-million dollar machine operator

21 December 2018

Scott Thomas is a young man with an exciting future. Aged just 21, he is currently working for Gamble Forest…
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2019 Forestry Award Nominations

10 December 2018

This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in training, in growing, processing and transporting wood and for those…
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2019 SWC Awards Guest Presenter

10 December 2018

Davey Hughes, Founder, Swazi Most working in forestry know of the kiwi outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI® Proudly designed and manufactured…
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2019 SWC Forestry Awards Programme

1 December 2018

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

27 November 2018

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

26 November 2018

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

26 November 2018

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

12 June 2018

Mike Hurring Logging, the largest harvesting contractor in the Otago and Southland region, held an open day on Saturday 2nd…
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SWC Forestry Awards 2018 Winners

28 May 2018

2017 Forestry Training and Success Celebrated in the South. Friday 12 May 2017 saw another outstanding turnout by local forestry…
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Farming fresh water crayfish in Southland forests

27 May 2018

Southern Crawlies: A marine scientist farms fresh-water koura (crayfish) in forestry ponds across the south, giving a new lease of…
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2018 SWC Forest Products Scholarship

9 April 2018

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…
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Guest Speaker for 2018 SWC Awards Evening

2 March 2018

Aaron Fleming is an award-winning New Zealand leader, athlete, and author with one of the most moving tales you will…
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Nominations for the SWC Awards End 30 March 2018

2 March 2018

The 2018 SWC Forestry Awards evening is, once again, is shaping up again to be a huge night out for the…
Featured image for “MEDIA RELEASE: Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored”

MEDIA RELEASE: Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

20 February 2018

MEDIA RELEASE 20 February 2018 Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the…
Featured image for “New training programme for Southern harvesting crews”

New training programme for Southern harvesting crews

30 November 2017

Skills shortages and attracting new entrants into harvesting operations is a major issue within the forestry industry right now. It’s…
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The 2018 SWC Forestry Awards Programme

10 November 2017

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

25 August 2017

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

21 July 2017

Check out the stories of three young women, Pauline Edge, Acacia Farmery and Briony Hooper, who have all recently picked…
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NZ Forest Industry Important Nationally, Regionally and Environmentally – NZIER Report

21 July 2017

A report on the plantation forest industry has highlighted its value to national and regional economies, as well as forestry’s…
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SWC Forestry Awards 2017

15 May 2017

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

15 March 2017

“Women are the answer to New Zealand’s skilled worker shortage,” says Pamela Bell, CEO PrefabNZ. “Wood is going to be…
Featured image for “SWC Forest Products Scholarships 2017”

SWC Forest Products Scholarships 2017

15 February 2017

University of Canterbury forestry student picks up major award A University of Canterbury forestry student has just received top forest…
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SWC Forestry Awards 2016

15 May 2016

2016 Forestry training and success celebrated in the South   Around 120 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in…
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SWC Forestry Awards 2015

15 May 2015

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