WoodWeek 30 June 2021
Witness the recent information hub launched at the Mystery Creek farming field days by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash. It is purely to support people across our forestry sector to find the information they need to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Minister Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, to support their recovery from the impacts of the global pandemic and associated economic shocks for the primary sector. His team aims to make it the ‘go-to site’ for the most up-to-date guidance on forestry, as an investment.
Nash added, "As forestry will be a key part of our climate change response. It also offers huge potential for regional development, Māori economic aspirations, local jobs and training, and diversifying income streams in rural communities.”
Looking to the value added markets for wood we are pleased to announce our next big conference. Registrations for our 6th Annual WoodWorks Conference for 2021 are now open. Click here to register NOW! In September we've got a great new program lined up for you to listen, learn and see the very latest projects showcasing engineered wood and mass timber across the property sector.
Using feedback from previous events, our focus is on New Zealand projects and case studies. All speakers (where possible) will be delivering in-person at the Distinction Hotel on Fenton Street. Here are some highlights:
• We have two keynote speakers for September
• Jason Wilson (Te Uru Rākau – NZ Forest Service): “Keynote Address: Linking Government Policy & Procurement for Sustainable Supply Chains”
• Shamubeel Eaqub – “Emerging Growth Markets for Mass Timber – Build to Rent & Low Carbon"
• We’ve got an in-depth session covering key aspects of the Clearwater Quays Apartments currently under construction near Christchurch.
• In addition we have sessions on fire code for Architects and case studies from Kainga Ora comparing mass timber and other building systems.
In other news, Fiona Ewing, the Forest Industry Safety Council’s national safety director and her SAFETREE Torowhai team were recognised recently for their work on mental health across the forestry sector. Sadly we bring you tragic news about one of our long-standing industry colleagues in forest safety. Last week Grant Duffy of WorkSafe NZ passed away after an accident. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.
This week we have for you:
Canopy: MPI'S New Forestry Information HubA new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry.
Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, to support their recovery from the impacts of the global pandemic and associated economic shocks for the primary sector.
“The new Canopy website is a centralised online channel that aims to be the ‘go-to site’ for the most up-to-date guidance on forestry, as an investment,” said Mr Nash.
"Forestry will be a key part of our climate change response. It also offers huge potential for regional development, Māori economic aspirations, local jobs and training, and diversifying income streams in rural communities.
"The hub was developed by Te Uru Rākau – the NZ Forest Service alongside industry partners. It brings together credible information from leading forestry experts and shares data and research on growing and managing trees.
"The Canopy site will also be invaluable for investors wanting to make the right decisions about whether the land is suitable for planting. Industry partners have shared insights and guidance and the site contains useful tools and support.
"The Forest Service and the industry recognise that many people, businesses, farmers, investors and iwi involved in forestry need to find credible information in an accessible format, in order to make the best decisions for their circumstances.
"Work is already underway to develop the next stage of the website, which will provide specific guidance for Māori landowners, information about regional and national events, training opportunities, and case studies and real-life examples of people and experts”.
FISC Recognised for Taking Prevention SeriouslyBusinessDesk: The NZ sectors taking suicide prevention seriously - There’s more to keeping a workforce well and productive than flu shots and the odd “mental health day”. As more attention is being paid to mental health in society in general, individual sectors are identifying challenges and developing tailor-made solutions. In this feature, we look at initiatives in three notoriously stressful industries – forestry, farming and hospitality – and report on the work of the suicide-prevention charity Mates in Construction and the Mental Health Foundation.
In the forest - Fiona Ewing, the Forest Industry Safety Council’s national safety director, has worked in health and safety for more than 30 years. Often, she says, health and safety advisers are seen by workers as the people who turn up to tell them they’re doing their jobs wrong.
Now, with the council and its “Safetree” programme, that view has been turned on its head. “Our job is much more around capability and capacity – how do we make sure we have all things present to make work successful?” says Ewing. Attention to mental wellbeing is an essential component of a properly run workplace.
Not all the special stresses and mental-health factors that come with forestry involve trees and heavy machinery.
“It’s an export market, so there is potential volatility that comes with relying on the export log price,” says Ewing, citing just one factor.
Another has been the move from manual to mechanised tasks. “People are more sedentary, but that doesn’t mean the job is easier. It takes a high cognitive load to operate the equipment, so you’re getting stressed in a different way. We are also seeing the effects of depression and anxiety.”
Safetree has several stakeholders, including WorkSafe and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), as well as representatives from across the forestry industry, FIRST Union and Māori.
Unlike other primary industries, forestry did not keep going during the Level 4 covid lockdown and some companies went out of business, putting further mental strain on workers worried about job security.
Countering these obstacles have been developments such as the appointment of two “toroawhi”, or roving health and safety champions, to work face to face with people in crews. They also can work within tikanga principles to provide a more relatable service for Māori workers. “They are connectors of people,” says Ewing. “They are our worker champions. They have their own mental-health stories to tell and engage with workers in that way.”
Forestry Town Considers Post Mill PossibilitiesKawerau residents hopeful despite mill closure - Residents of a small eastern Bay of Plenty town of remain hopeful for the future despite its paper mill shutting up shop. Kawerau's Tasman Mill has been operating for 66 years.
It is set to close for good on Wednesday after its owners deemed it unviable, costing 160 jobs. RNZ's Jean Bell visited the town to see how locals are feeling.
Listen to her interviews Here
Photo credit: Tasman Pulp & Paper site in 1961, from The Fletcher Trust Archives
SnapSTAT: China Log Exports - Roller Coaster Rising!
Vale Grant Duffy (Updated 2pm Thursday)Message from Phil Parkes, CEO of WorkSafe I am deeply saddened to advise that our Forestry Lead Grant Duffy passed away last week following a fall. Many of you will have worked with Grant, and like me, you will remember Grant’s strong commitment to improving health and safety outcomes for the sector.
Grant was a passionate advocate for the right of everyone working in forestry (and in every workplace) to go home healthy and safe at the end of every day. He was so proud, as I am, of what he’s achieved as Forestry Lead at WorkSafe and alongside sector organisations in changing attitudes and behaviour from the forest floor to the boardroom.
Grant had a wonderful ability to build valuable, productive relationships and to focus on making work better, healthier and safer. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues in WorkSafe and across the forestry sector.
Grant’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Monday 5 July on Waiheke. For details see Thursday's Dominion Post: https://deaths.dompost.co.nz/obituaries/dominion-post-nz/obituary.aspx? n=grant-duffy&pid=199250339
Source: WorkSafe NZ
Nash Backs off Planting RestrictionsForests Minister Stuart Nash has told the Primary Production Select Committee that the government will not be introducing specific legislation to restrict exotic forest planting on the more productive land classes.
Stuart Nash was asked by National MP David Bennett why the government had not legislated to restrict exotic planting on blocks of more than 50 hectares on the arable land classes. Labour had undertaken to implement this during the election campaign within six months of the election.
Stuart Nash responded by saying the government had indeed looked hard at this measure, but had decided that it was better to integrate forest land legislation into the emissions reduction plan the government was going to develop by the end of this year in response to the Climate Change Commission recommendations.
Waratah: Trio of New Harvester HeadsWaratah Forestry Equipment has just announced the new H425, H425HD and H425X – a trio of rugged harvester heads built for tough jobs. With a powerful control valve and four roller feed arm geometry, each high-performance head is productive on wheeled or tracked carriers.
“These models are built for durability and performance,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Among other updates, new hose protection and servicing enhancements make these great heads even better.”
The standard H425 (1360 kg), H425HD (1390 kg) and hefty H425X (1426 kg) each offer increased reliability with new feed motor hosing routings and new covers. For quick and easy servicing, each head features a new hinged valve cover and improved access to greasing points.
Carbon Match: Post Auction Market Update(OPINION - Carbon Match) NZUs touch new highs - Last Wednesday's auction, the second for the New Zealand Government, saw 4.75 million units picked up by just 16 buyers at $41.70.
While there were slightly fewer participants and fewer units were bid for overall than at the March auction, the clearing price of $41.70 was a new high. Within the hour the secondary market went on to push quickly up to $43.50 before some sellers came in to let go units at $43.00. Since then, NZUs have traded a range from $43.10 to $43.50.
Our view, in line with our thinking last week, is that this was a strong result for the Government and for NZU holders. While 16 buyers were successful, a further 21 were not. Some of these entities may now look towards the secondary market to do their buying and indeed some have already done just that.
NZUs at $43+ represent almost a 40% rise in the carbon price over the year. For many businesses this is causing some concern and the need to price this increasing cost in. One important question will be in whose hands the recently acquired auction volume sits - those with mandatory compliance liabilities or those without.
Following the mid-March auction, earlier this month the Government released the first Auction Monitor's report, which is available here (see link below). That report showed that in the first auction the successful bids were attributable 50/50 to those with/without mandatory compliance obligations.
It will be interesting to see the same report for this latest auction, and indeed the aggregate unit holdings across private accounts as they stand at the end of this month.
Carbon Match - open every weekday 10am-5pm.
Hydrogen for Renewable Sawmill EnergyNSW sawmill chooses hydrogen for renewable energy source. Patriot Hydrogen has just revealed that it will be supplying its Patriot P2H hydrogen units to Sweetman Renewables to power its sawmill in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Sweetman will purchase one initial P2H unit with plans to increase that figure to 15 over the next two years.
The P2H unit have been designed to supply green renewable hydrogen to domestic market with Sweetman planning to use the green hydrogen-rich syngas to drive a purpose designed generator to power the Sweetman Sawmill operations.
With this, the P2H unit will have an initial green hydrogen production target of one tonne per day with an anticipated scale up in production within the next three years.
The output of a single P2H unit driving a local generator is said to produce approximately 750kWh of dispatchable power, enough to nearly fully power the whole Sweetman plant, significantly lowering operational costs and alleviating the need for the company to rely solely on the power grid.
This is advantageous in remote locations or wherever companies can utilise locally derived biomass waste to produce its own power, lowering reliance on the grid for power.
Source: Sweetman Renewables
Nelson Council Split Over Forest ManagementForestry amendments fail at heated council meeting - Councillor Rachel Sanson has been calling for an overhaul of the council’s forestry practices for about a year, but was criticised at a council meeting for not following proper procedure despite following advice. A councillor calling for an overhaul of ratepayer owned commercial pine forestry has been criticised for jumping the gun for trying to get change despite her belief she was following correct procedure.
A run-of-the-mill Nelson City Council meeting on Thursday to rubber stamp the long term plan turned into an almost-four-hour long forestry discussion. It involved accusations of disrespect, pointed remarks and a comment from Mayor Rachel Reese that Councillor Rachel Sanson was letting herself down.
Sanson told the meeting Nelson was “at an inflection point in history” in terms of its forestry management and she didn't want the community “shackled” into another 30 years of pine.
“If we don't decide to change direction today, then when those forests are harvested next year, they will be replanted in pine, which is committing ourselves and future generations to clear-fell harvesting in another 28 years.”
Sanson moved a wordy amendment which boiled down to the council undertaking an independent review of its forestry and “developing a science-led regenerative forestry plan” that prioritised selective logging of native trees.
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