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Safety Profile - Andrew Jensen

Andrew was nominated by Supervisor Brett Vincent, for taking ownership of the safety for crew 97. Apart from his regular work duties, Andrew runs the morning tailgate safety meetings and coordinates the Safe Behaviour Observations (audits).

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Clarky's Comment - April 2014

I have been building a deck of Radiata pine during the past few weekends. Although there is nothing newsworthy about that, it has reminded me of what every NZ builder is acutely aware – the variability of dressed Radiata pine in both dimension and stability.

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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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