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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

President's comment, May 2010

John Dermer , from New Zealand Tree Grower May 2010

My first duty as the incoming president is to thank Patrick Milne - our previous president for all the work he has done for the NZFFA over the last three years. He has worked tirelessly for us and his knowledge of the forestry industry has been a great help. Not just to the executive but also to the Neil Barr Foundation, where he has served as a trustee for the three years. Yours will be big shoes to fill Patrick, thank you very much.

As a new President I feel I need to introduce myself to all those members who do not attend the national conference and may not know where I have suddenly sprung from.

Diny and I farm at Cheltenham, 15km north of Feilding in the Manawatu. We run a 186 hectare farm which is mostly a finishing property – bulls and lambs with a bit of cash cropping. I am very much a farmer with trees, and have been a member of this organisation for 14 years. This is not very long when you talk to people who have attended 37 conferences consecutively.

Southland Conference

Well done Ian Findlay and your team for the excellent conference you have run. It went really well and with the most notable thing for me being the way everyone mixed and enjoyed each other’s company. The field days were well organised and good and the weather did not live up to Southland’s reputation for rain. What struck me as a farmer was the incredible lushness of the countryside.

The cost seemed to deter many people, but when you look closely at the programme and realise that the price includes two breakfasts, with good speakers, it is in line with other conferences.

I would encourage everyone to attend a conference as they are really worthwhile events. You see parts of New Zealand you just will not see in any other way. All in the company of people with a love of trees and an appreciation of this wonderful country we have the privilege of living in.

Next year’s conference is in Masterton, in the Wairarapa. The committee is well on with their preparations and have a good programme already in place.


Climate Change and the ETS are still high on the agenda, but with government seemingly content to leave the amended Climate Response Act alone, this gives some certainty to those wishing to sell the carbon in their forests.

The Afforestation Grant Scheme is probably the best one ever produced by government, although the past is littered with others. If the government wants trees in the ground to help meet their climate change obligations, this scheme needs to have more funds allocated to it. The executive will be trying to accomplish this.

The AGM approved a resolution from the Wellington branch for the executive to lobby the government to remove the cost of bush taxation, as long as we do not finish up with something worse. This is high on the agenda of the Forest Owners Association as well.

With regard to Federated Farmers, we received an invitation from the President Don Nickelson to work more closely together in future. So we will accept this and see where it leads.

On communication, unfortunately it seems that electronic newsletters do not seem to be the only answer, so more snail-mail will have to be used in future. Please talk to the executive member allocated to your branch, or to me, if you have anything relevant to discuss.

We have two new members on the executive – Hamish Levack and Angus Gordon. With these two, along with Ian Jackson, Neil Cullen and Dean Satchel, our website administrator - his e-mail address is at the bottom of the page; and past president Patrick, we have a good team. I am looking forward to the challenges the presidency will throw up.


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