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Tenco logo About Tenco
Tenco is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters of forest products. We have built to this position since 1991 when the company was set up to export lumber to growing Asian export markets.  Experience and reputation count; from small beginnings Tenco has become the largest independent exporter of New Zealand lumber and New Zealand’s 4th largest log exporter.  Tenco has a regular shipping program of their own log vessels and in combination with these and other ships currently calls  at 7 New Zealand ports (5 North Island and 2 South Island).
Tenco buys standing forests.  Tenco currently has a number of forests which they purchased at harvestable age to log over a number of years for export and domestic markets.  Tenco also regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time.  Tenco is interested in broadening  the  base of owners from whom it purchases forests and stands of trees.  A deal with Tenco is a certain transaction.  The owner and Tenco will agree on a value of the tree crop and then Tenco will pay this amount to the owner either in a lump sum amount or on rate per volume unit out-turn from the forest depending on the nature of the tree crop.
Tenco knows there are a lot of farmers who have trees that are close or ready to harvest and will be asking themselves how they should proceed with the sale of their trees.  For some farmers the kind of certain transaction with money in the bank could well be appealing. Tenco is actively interested in buying harvestable forests or trees from areas including all the North Island (except the Gisborne and East Coast districts) and Nelson & Marlborough in the South Island .

If you own a forest in this area (16 years and older) and are ready to enter into this kind of agreement Tenco is interested to develop something with you.
Please contact: 
Work: +64 7 357 5356  Mobile:  +64 21 921 595

Durable eucalypts on drylands: Protecting and enhancing value

Workshop 19th - 20th April 2017

Marlborough Research Centre, Blenheim

NZ Drylands Forestry Initiative are planning a workshop to update all those interested in the exciting and fast-moving developments in durable eucalypt research.

Wednesday 19th April:

A full-day indoor programme, with presentations by New Zealand and international research scientists and technical specialists. Topics will include:

  • Siting and microclimates
  • Eucalypt defoliation by insects: impacts and monitoring
  • The NZDFI breeding plan
  • Early selection for growth-strain
  • Propagation
  • Early heartwood and extractives
  • Heartwood and durability
  • Down-stream opportunities: LVL requirements and markets

Thursday 20th April:

We plan a visit to see some of our research in action in the field, followed by a tour of LVL producer Nelson Pine International, which is trialling durable eucalypts for its laminated products.

Mark these dates in your diary!

April 19th - 20th 23017

For more information contact Dr Clemens Altaner

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Central Canterbury branch field day

Where: Silverwood experimental area. The experimental area is a 4ha block alongside the road frontage of Silverwood farm, on Leaches Road near Hororata. Drive to Hororata, then exit the township via the Cordys Road bridge by the roundabout. Continue on Cordys Road until it swings to the right by the now-closed Selwyn Sawmill and becomes Leaches Road. Continue about 5km on Leaches Road, past the Central Plains Water headrace and pumping station. Silverwood Farm is easily recognised by the row of deciduous trees planted 20 metres apart along its entire road frontage. The entrance to the experimental area is about halfway between the homestead and the cottage. The gate will be open. 

When: 10 am, Saturday April 22nd

Plans for a major trial planting of a large number of Leyland cypress clones that are new to New Zealand will be a key item on the agenda 

After lunch, there will be a guided tour of the associated arboretum then a short working bee, mainly to improve access by doing some low pruning. Bring loppers or pruning saws (no chainsaws, for safety reasons).

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Hawkes Bay Farm Forester of the Year field day

Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Foresters of the year, Greg and Rachel Hart invite you to their field day at Mangarara Station 11.30pm on Thursday 27 April

When: 11.30pm at the Mangarara Eco- Lodge

Who: Hosts Greg and Rachel Hart and their staff at Mangarara. Guest speakers from Pan Pac, Morice Ltd and HBRC

Where: 234 Mangarara Road. From the Patangata Pub head east over the bridge. Mangarara Road is on the right hand side 500m after the bridge. Mangarara Station is a further 2.3km at the end of the road. Look for the HBFFA banner.

What to bring: A 4WD vehicle if possible (We will carpool in 4WDs to tour the farm), suitable cloth- ing. Your lunch (tea and coffee will be provided) and a couple of dollars for a raffle. A BBQ (farm produce) and some refreshments will be catered for at the end of the field day but you may wish to bring your own snacks and refreshments.

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Gisborne East Coast field day

When: May 3rd.-4th.

Where: Tutira Arboretum and other planted areas.

This will be a two day trip to visit the Arboretum and and check on progress since our last visit. We will also see some of the planting that has been undertaken by the H.B.Regional Council on the land surrounding Tutira. There is also an area planted in “Trees for Bees” as well as many other interesting sights to see.
Check out the Tutira Arboretum website:
Accommodation will be at the Tutira Lodge where we stayed during our last visit; a friendly and comfortable base for our visit.
We will hire a small bus so it will “first in best seats”. Book with Nick or John!
    Contact Nick Seymour: 862 2697 or John McLean: 868 6440


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MPI celebrates 1,000 Sustainable Farming Fund projects

Celebrate the achievements of the Sustainable Farming Fund 

Where and when:

Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton from 08.30-15.00 on Wednesday 3 May 2017, and

Lincoln Events Centre, Christchurch from 08.30-15.00 on Wednesday 10 May 2017.


08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome and Housekeeping
09.05 Opening Address

Justine Gilliland, Director Investment Programmes, Sector Partnerships and Programmes, Ministry for Primary Industries

09.15 Session one: Workshop

Designing successful extension programmes that bring about practise change
Tony Rhodes, Agricultural Consultant, PGG Wrightson Consulting, PGG Wrightson Limited

10.30 Morning tea

10.50 Session two: Panel discussion

Understanding how the Sustainable Farming Fund helps build capability and skills, and exploring how this can be enhanced

Facilitator: Justine Gilliland, Director Investment Programmes, Sector Partnerships and Programmes, Ministry for Primary Industries

Panellists: Hamilton

  1. Nick Pyke, Chief Executive, Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)

  2. Dr Simon Hooker, General Manager Research, New Zealand Winegrowers

  3. Nikki Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated

  4. James Allen, Managing Director, AgFirst Waikato Ltd and Chairman, AgFirst NZ

Panellists: Christchurch

  1. Doug Avery, Founder, Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer

  2. Hugh Gourlay, Containment Facility Manager, Senior Technician, Landcare Research

  3. Tim Herman, Technical Manager – Crop Protection, Pipfruit

  4. Innes Moffat, P2P Manager, Deer NZ

11.35 Session three: Speech
Martyn Dunne, Director-General, Ministry for Primary Industries

11.45 Session four: Speech
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

12.00 Morning wrap by chair

12.15 Lunch, and trade stand area opened for networking

15.00 Close of day 

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WPMA Nelson Regional Meeting


WPMA Nelson Regional Meeting - 3rd May 2017

The Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association (WPMA) would be honoured if you could join us for WPMA Nelson Regional Cocktail Function.
When: 3rd May 2017
Where: Quality Inn, Brougham Room, 40 Waimea Rd, Nelson
(Note: venue change)
Time: 5.30 - 8.00pm
RSVP for catering: By Friday 28th April to

Under the spotlight tonight: 

Protectionism On The Rise: So how can NZ wood processors and manufacturers grow markets at home and overseas?

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand (WPMA) advocates on behalf of a broad membership spanning the whole wood supply chain.
WPMA represents one of New Zealand’s biggest manufacturing sectors. Our sector epitomises the low carbon/high value economy that the nation is striving for.  Members turn a commodity – logs – into high value, wood products and technologies marketed in New Zealand and globally.
WPMA Members produce pulp, paper, sawn lumber, panels, laminated products and mouldings.  Increasingly our members are producing, or have the potential to produce, new construction systems, biochemicals, biofuels, textiles and biocomposite material…..protecting the environment and creating jobs simultaneously.

Cocktail Function

No charge - Invitation only

Brian Stanley, Chair of WPMA
Jon Tanner, CEO of WPMA
Honorary Speaker - TBC
Mayor Rachel Reese
Phillip Wolf - Owner of ITM Nelson, Motueka, Takaka & West Coast
Gary Caulfield - Logs4jobs - PreFabNZ
We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Dr Jon Tanner

If you would like to attend our Regional Meetings, please contact: or visit our website:

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Taranaki branch AGM

AGM meeting to be held Friday April 28th at Tawa Glen Cafe.  Meet at 6.00 pm for social time, dinner at 6.30, AGM at 7.30 and guest speaker from 8.00 pm.

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Forest Ecosystem Services forum in the Marlborough Sounds

you are cordially invited to attend the Forest Ecosystem Services regional forum on Tuesday 24th of May 2017 (8:00am to 4pm) at Havelock Marina in the Marlborough Sounds. The forum venue is at (approx 30 minutes from the Marlborough Airport).
The forum is organised by Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd) in collaboration with the Marlborough District Council and Terra Moana. The theme for this year’s regional forum is “Connection Matters” which will discuss the interconnectedness of adjacent ecosystems (e.g. soil stabilisation and water filtration services provided by planted forests providing benefits to the stakeholders downstream).
The forum will start with a three-hour boat trip to the Sounds followed by lunch at 11:30am and then presentations and workshop from 12:30pm to 4pm. Please see attached programme.
Forum presentations include the following topics:

  • Issues and opportunities in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Evaluation of forestry harvesting buffer options in the Sounds
  • Ecosystem services in the Sounds – a forest industry perspective
  • Ecosystem services in the Sounds – a marine industry perspective
  • Land use change impacts of policy and market
  • Inclusion of forest ecosystem services in policy

After the presentations, participants will discuss ideas for an MBIE project proposal and agree on a science and policy problem focus. Expected workshop outputs are: (1) MBIE proposal working outline; and (2) A reference group on forest ecosystem services for Connection Matters.
The FES forum has a limited space, so please register early. A registration fee of $50 per person will help cover the boat trip and food. To register, visit
Please note that speakers at the forum are not required to register.
Please feel free to pass this information on to your colleagues who may be interested in attending the 2017 Forest Ecosystem Services regional forum.
For enquiries regarding the FES forum please feel free to contact me
Dr Richard T Yao 
Scientist – Resource Economist
49 Sala Street, Private Bag 3020, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
DDI +64 7 343 5747; Mobile +64 21 0247 3234

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