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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

Taranaki branch field day

Carbon, bees, production forestry and conservation

When: Sunday 27th August

Where: Okahutiria Road, Whenuakura/Waverley


  1. Tuku Bush investors –Wellington NZFFA member Paul Stephenson will present to us.
  2. Michelle Bird, Mt Hiwi Charitable Trust and Taranaki Kiwi Trust will also present.
  3. Nukuhau Carbon Forestry – Cnclr Neil Walker / Daniele Maspani will present to us. 

WHERE:  Okahutiria Road, Waverley.  Meet Cnr SHW3 and Kohi Road, 9.15 am, departing 9.30am.
WHAT TO BRING:  Sturdy walking footwear, warm and wet weather gear, lunch and drink, camera and notebook.
FIELDTRIP RSVP/ARRANGED BY:  Quin Amoore (06) 752 0830.

Tuku Bush Ltd – recent small syndicate(x3), carbon & manuka forestry 
Tuku Bush was purchased in 2011 by three couples from Palmerston North, Waikanae Beach and Whitby.
Tuku Bush is a c.100ha forestry syndicate property, planted mainly in high carbon absorbing species – radiata pine, redwood, C. lusitanica and E. fastigata.  There are also some native revegetation and timber planting, and substantial plantings of Manuka varieties of around 26ha, which as you will hear present different attributes.  The balance of the property consists of native forest and indigenous scrubland. 
The property was first investigated by one of the partners as a retirement farm investment but a more exciting option based around growing trees transpired. 
One of the investors has knowledge of the chemistry of manuka honey and was involved in a Manuka honey industry Primary Growth Partnership.
The third investor has a “loves trees”, has significant shareholdings in forestry syndicates and bought the syndicate some forestry expertise.
The overall forestry strategy was to have a range of exotic trees that could be used either for deriving carbon credits and/or be milled for timber, and to have a manuka forest yielding honey to provide cash flow. At this early stage the investors have kept a few hives on site, and are currently developing additional hive sites surrounded with shelter trees that flower over winter, to help maintain the bees’ condition.
The property also provides a place for the partners and their families to have fun, work amongst the trees and enjoy the environment. 

Mt Hiwi Trust and the Taranaki Kiwi Trust
Adjoining the Tuku Bush property is a 411ha block of bush and wetland owned and managed by Mt Hiwi Trust for conservation purposes.  The Trust is primarily Wellington based, however Taranaki based Michelle Bird oversees the ongoing pest control being carried out on the property. Michelle will tell us about biodiversity values at Mt Hiwi, including a population of Western North Island Brown Kiwi, and the Trusts efforts to secure their future.  Michelle is also employed by the Taranaki Kiwi Trust and, while we are visiting at Tuku Bush, is keen to provide members with some information on opportunities to help protect kiwi in exotic forests and during harvest operations.    

Nukuhau Station Carbon Forestry 
The large carbon forest at Nukuhau is owned by Nukuhau Carbon Limited, for which Neil Walker is one of several Directors.  The property along with other Nukuhau (Ltd) properties in the south Taranaki area is managed by Daniele Maspani, Neils son in-law. 
Neil and Daniele will present to us on the various forestry initiatives on the property, including eucalyptus based carbon forestry, indigenous plantings, pine forestry, manuka and bees, along with QEII covenants.  
Together Neil and Daniele have significant experience with development and maintenance of marginal hill country properties into modern, multi-use forestry holdings.  
Members will recognize Neil as an active leader in regional council, land use, carbon forestry, manuka industry development and other initiatives.
The fieldtrip should be very enlightening.  


NZIF Conference

NZ Institute of Forestry Conference Rotorua

Where: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai St, Rotorua

When: 3rd to 6th September 2017


Forest Growers Research Conference 2017

When: Tuesday, 17 October - Thursday 19 October 2017.

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport, 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch.

Tuesday, 17th October 2017        Conference Day 1  (Start time 8:45am)
Tuesday, 17th October 2017        FGR Dinner and Science Awards
Wednesday, 18th October 2017   Conference Day 2
Thursday, 19th October 2017       Field Trip  (Airport by 4:00pm)

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport, 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
Outcomes from the Forest Growers Levy Trust research programme will be highlighted at this annual conference targeted at forest growers - large and small.

Over 60% of the forest growers levy is being invested in research covering the full spectrum of forest growing from breeding, forest protection, forest management and harvesting.  The research aims to improve profitability and add value for forest owners,  safely and sustainablely.

The field day will include developments on electrical heating of logs, specialty species, the recent Port Hills fires and the role research played in fighting the fires, along with breeding and seed production operations at Proseed's seed orchard.

Registration details coming soon.


ForestWood 2018 Conference

When: Wednesday 21 March 2018

Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


ForestWood 2018 is the 5th in the conference series, jointly hosted by Forest Owners Association (FOA), Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association (WPMA), and Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA). The conference is supported by Woodco and NZ Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA).

ForestWood 2018 is a joint conference which builds on the successes of previous individual and combined industry events/conferences which have attracted world class speakers and presenters.  ForestWood 2018 is being held on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and this is a fantastic opportunity for organisations and individuals, with a keen interest in forestry, to engage with decision makers and professional specialists from the forestry industry.


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