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Wood Matters

Log Market - April 2014

It was just over a month ago that Southern Cross Forest Products went into receivership. Thames Timber is still operating and taking a steady supply of logs from a variety of suppliers.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme - April 2014

NZUs continue to trade in the range of $2.95–$3.05 per NZU. With ERUs valid in the New Zealand ETS until May 2015, there is currently not a lot of demand for NZUs to encourage higher prices. However there are buyers and sellers trading in small volumes.

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Safety Profile - Rodney Hubbard

Rodney was nominated by Supervisor Gary Inman. Rodney Hubbard and Vikki Whareau (Health & Safety Coordinator) took the initiative in making up the 5-step tree felling procedure sticker and this has been produced and delivered to PF Olsen contractors across the country.

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Significant Wetland Restoration Project Completes First Milestone

PF Olsen has been actively involved in coordinating a project to restore a major wetland in the Waikato. Parties involved include the forest owner – Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) New Zealand Ltd, the land owners – the Te Toke Ahu Whenua Trust and the Waikato River Authority (WRA) as a major funding agency.

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Log Market - March 2014

A recent major forestry news story has been the appointment of receivers KordaMentha to Southern Cross Forest Products Ltd. Southern Cross is the owner of Thames Timber in the North Island and four processing plants in Otago/Southland.

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PF Olsen welcomes new team members

Nick Horton recently commenced work with PF Olsen at the Rotorua office and Wiremu Ruru recently joined Mike Spier's team in the role of Harvesting Supervisor based in Rotorua.

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New Appointment for Malborough – Blenheim Office

Johan Visscher has joined PF Olsen as Harvesting Manager, based in Blenheim. Johan has a wealth of experience in harvesting, both as a practical logger for around 10 years in the Nelson area and a similar time in harvest management with Rayonier in Canterbury.

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Safety Profile - Anahera Clair

In a new Wood Matters feature, each month we will profile a person making a big contribution to safety. Anahera was nominated by supervisor Hamish MacPherson. Anahera takes the initiative to look after the safety of the skid-crew.

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Zero Tolerance safety initiative launched

PF Olsen, in collaboration with transport contractor FDL and PF Olsen's newly formed Central Safety Committee launched the new Zero Tolerance project for loader operators and truck drivers this week.

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Political tree-change in Australian sector

The Australian forestry and forest products sector has been a-buzz following the very explicit support offered by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Senator Richard Colbeck in their speeches to the industry gala dinner last week.

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