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PF Olsen graduates

As business has grown, so too has the number staff at PF Olsen. Over the last few years, a number of University of Canterbury graduates have been employed by PF Olsen to fill new roles in a range of fields.

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Forest Growing Master Classes at FFR

To date Future Forests Research (FFR) has relied upon its 6 monthly Member meetings and posting technical reports on its website to update industry members on useful outcomes from research programmes. Feedback from industry end users is that this has not resulted in effective and widespread uptake of key results.

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Harvesting Commences at Te Ahimanawa Forest

PF Olsen has been working with Te Manawa O Tuhoe Trust and their predecessors in progressing the harvesting and marketing of Te Ahimanawa Forest in the upper Ruatoki Valley in the Bay of Plenty since early 2010.

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Log Market - November 2012

The characteristic of the log market this year has been relative stability. Last year the at-wharf-gate price of export A-grade logs fluctuated from a high of $138/JAS m³ (April) to a low of $75/JAS m³ (November).

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New Tools Help Manage Rivers in Forests

Staying connected with science developments often provides opportunities to innovate in ways not first envisaged by those who initiated the science. In one recent example, work undertaken by NIWA to develop a Rivers Environments Classification (REC) has been applied by PF Olsen to help manage rivers and streams in the forests it manages.

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Patricia Towersey

Pat started working for PF Olsen in May 1976 and after 36 years of truly dedicated service was forced to retire due to illness at the beginning of May this year. Pat's retirement unfortunately was all too brief and she passed away at the beginning of September.

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The View from Australia – Changes and Challenges

As the lenders start the slow process of unwinding another large forestry company (Gunns), it is natural that industry players start to dissect the issues around this latest collapse and think to the future, albeit with concern for the many individuals and companies that face a long and uncertain wait to find out their futures.

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Why is housing so expensive in New Zealand?

For the many home owners in New Zealand high house prices offer increased wealth and the ability to refinance and consume more. Most would acknowledge, however, that excessively high house prices have many unfavourable impacts on society and the economy

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Tall Wooden Buildings

Multi-story buildings have traditionally been the preserve of the modern building materials concrete and steel. Sky scrapers developed from the ability to erect a steel framework from which curtain walls are suspended, rather than load-bearing walls of conventional construction modern building materials.

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Log Market - October 2012

This month has seen some big announcements relating to wood biomass for energy. This confirms the increasing role of wood pellets on the global energy market.

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Emissions Trading Scheme Update - October 2012

In the last month NZUs continued their downward trend trading in the $2.80 to $4.00 range, currently at around $3.00. The continued slump in prices has been driven by forecasts of increased supply of UN offsets (CERs and ERUs) which exceed forecast demand levels.

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