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Wood Matters

Update on Kokako Programme

We had some very positive feedback on our Kaharoa kokako piece featured in Wood Matter Issue 1 - Kokako Programme Achieves Milestone. This project seems to have captured the imagination and passion of a number of readers, some of whom are interested in replicating the model.

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Harvesting Strong in Mid-North

At the start of 2009 PF Olsen warned all their contractors supplying engineering, harvesting and trucking services that harvesting activity could be very subdued in the coming year.

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Northland Region Success Stories

The Henley forest is 5 hectares comprising 3 stands of 19 to 26 year old partly-pruned forest on Gammons Road near Kaikohe. Malcolm Henley wanted to get the best returns from his forest, but wasn't sure how to go about it.

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Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) Update

Regional Councils are now beginning to offer funding under the AGS. In most cases, their funding is a fixed subsidy per hectare (rather than the bidding approach). This provides more certainty into the process. Applicants may apply for both subsidy streams (although can only one can be allocated).

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Record Log Exports Through Lyttelton Port

A buoyant log export market, fine late summer weather and a new log exporter has resulted in PF Olsen exporting a record volume of logs through Port Lyttelton in March. During the month PF Olsen delivered over 7,000 JAS m3 of Radiata pine for export via log exporter Tenco Limited.

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Log Market - April 2009

The same drivers as last month prevail, with increased intensity of demand from China. Enquiries for log supply to China reached an all-time high at PF Olsen in the last week, averaging two per day.

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PF Olsen's New ArborGuard® Makes Healthier Trees

Diseases such as Armillaria root rot affect the health and performance of pine plantations and cause huge annual losses in New Zealand. PF Olsen, in collaboration with Dr Robert Hill of the Lincoln University-based Bio-Protection Research Centre, has developed a bio-control system to make trees more resistant to disease attack.

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Log Market - March 2009

Whilst many of New Zealand's primary producers are suffering from weak demand and poor prices, overall the NZ log market is experiencing somewhat of a counter-cyclical situation. However, this is very much a "game of two (distinctively different) halves".

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