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Wood Matters

Introduction

It's hardly worth repeating that we are living in turbulent times and seeing unprecedented volatility in asset prices, capital and financial markets. And as we observe the spectacle, we know full well that there will be further flow-on effects into the NZ economy and our livelihoods.

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Clarky's Comment - October 2008

The Emissions Trading Scheme was passed on 26th September 2008 with numerous amendments. Which of these affects the forestry and wood processing sectors and how?

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Afforestation Grant Scheme

The Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) is one of the new initiatives announced by the government to address the effects of climate change.

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Seminars

A successful harvesting seminar was held on Wednesday 10th September at Alexandra Park, Greenlane, Auckland. Our Kawakawa and Rotorua offices jointly organised the seminar which was attended by 55 clients, forest owners and would-be forest owners.

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Log Market - October 2008

Export log prices rose again in October by an average of $4/JAS m3 extending their 5th consecutive month of price increases. Notable was the wide range of price changes with some traders staying more or less flat and some posting larger increases - a function of their exchange rate and ocean freight rate exposure in a highly volatile market.

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Making Forestry Work Safer

The NZ forestry industry was featured in the September/October issue of the ACC's Health and Safety Guide. A pleasing trend has been the steady decrease in serious injury claims to ACC from forestry accidents over the past five years.

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Welcome back…

We have had a tremendously positive response from readers of Wood Matters. Thanks for the feedback - your ideas and suggestions are listened to and are valuable to us.

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Clarky's Comment - September 2008

Our forest industry has been through a decade of declining log values and rising costs. There are some indicators on the horizon that this will change over the next few years, but to make the most of that changing environment we need to do some things a lot smarter.

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NZ Wood Launches new Resource

The joint industry and government funded wood promotional programme to raise the market share of wood in the New Zealand market has begun a new phase as the following media release states…

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Exciting New Logistics Initiative Provides $20/JAS m³ Cost Saving

Options for marketing logs in the wider Auckland and Northern Waikato regions have always been somewhat limited. The closure of CHH's structural sawmill at Kopu hasn't helped the situation and higher log transport costs have reduced forest owner returns for logs exported via the Port of Tauranga. That's why the commencement of containerised log export via Ports of Auckland presents such a great opportunity for forest owners in that area.

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Introducing Wood Matters

Welcome to the brand new PF Olsen E-zine - Wood Matters! As part of a review of our communication with you and in response to many enquiries and suggestions from you we have launched this new way to keep you updated on news and views related to forestry.

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