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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - Expanding Domestic Wood Processing in New Zealand

On 26th April MPI sponsored a facilitated workshop to get ideas from industry leaders on how to achieve more domestic wood processing. While many well-canvassed issues were reaffirmed, the very fact that so many forest growers and processor leaders were willing to participate alongside each other and officials was a sign that the opportunities are real.

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Log Market - May

New Zealand mills producing sawn timber from unpruned logs report steady domestic sales while not as spectacular as last year in some regions.

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Where have all the haulers gone?

As a follow-up to the industry census of cable logging operations last undertaken in 2012, a comprehensive survey of all harvesting operations currently operating in New Zealand is underway.

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Clarky's Comment - new climate change report

A report commissioned by Westpac and carried out by EY and Vivid Economics has just been released that reinforces the common-sense logic that earlier action on reducing our NZ national net emissions will be less costly to the economy over the period up to 2050 than delaying action now and having to play catch-up with shock policy changes to get back on the Paris Agreement trajectory in 2030.

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Log Market - April

New Zealand mills producing non-pruned lumber continue to work through a subdued domestic market with sales down on last year for Quarter 1. It is difficult to read the current market as some buyers may be increasing purchases before the lumber price rises in May.

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Engaging with Councils

On the 5th and 6th March, Liam Dine and Sarah Orton attended a New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) workshop in the East Coast region. This workshop was the first of it’s kind to be run by the NZARM, and its purpose was to enhance collaboration and idea sharing between resource managers, whilst examining some real-world scenarios in the field.

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McKay & Olsen Top Crew Safety Award

When McKay and Olsen 32 were announced the winners of the 2017 Top Crew for Safety at the 2018 Safe Start Up breakfast a sharp looking team (dressed in their new 2018 shirt, designed by the crew) led by Mike and Denise made their way to the stage.

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