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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, November 2015

Dean Satchell, from New Zealand Tree Grower November 2015

This has been another busy period with much happening in the forest growing and levy space. Our recent two-day executive meeting in Wellington had a full agenda, culminating with my meeting with Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew, where I asked for improved policy regarding forestry. I put to the Minister that only a level playing field across land uses will allow sustainable sector opportunities to emerge that, in the longer term, will benefit both the economy and the environment. Government policy which prices such things as carbon and nitrogen, if skewed in favour of one sector over another, or grand-parented, do the land use sector no favour.The impression I got was that National’s interest in business development is so focussed that side issues such as the environment are not of consequence if perceived to impede progress.The environmental benefits of forestry and trees just do not seem to be on the radar yet.

The NZFFA are a partner in the forest commodity levy.This is a brave new world for us with significant responsibilities resting on our shoulders.We have representation on the committees administering the funds generated by the levy, and we need to represent the interests of the small forest grower − not just adequately, but admirably.The workload on our voluntary representatives and executive committee has increased dramatically, but we can make a difference and it has been great to see motivated individuals stepping up to the mark.

The levy roadshow is now on the road.The NZFFA is managing a series of seminars around the country, beginning this year.The purpose of these meetings is to explain the levy and how it works to small forest growers who are all either actual levy payers or expected levy payers.These roadshows are expected to continue around the regions over the next couple of years so keep an eye out for the roadshow in your region.

Progress continues to be made in the health and safety space, with Fiona Ewing appointed to the role of Safety Director on the Forest Industry Safety Council. Fiona met with our executive and described her plans for further improving safety in the forestry sector. It is really pleasing to see the culture change taking place with the forest sector embracing safety in the workplace. We are looking forward to working with Fiona and are pleased to see this initiative in capable hands.

The Fire Services Review is well underway and our representation has made a difference.We are feeling positive about where this is going and once finalised will be reported in the Tree Grower.

The National Environmental Standard for forestry continues to be a work in progress but is near to being finalised.The SpecialtyWood Products Partnership is an exciting new project and partnership between the forest industry and MBIE which is kicking off as I speak.The technical steering group has met with the science leaders and it is hoped for some firm direction before the end of the year for this seven year programme, exploring opportunities for both products and improved growing practices from diverse plantation species.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, Conference 2016 is just around the corner and it has been great to see the wheels of our many capable West Coast volunteers turning smoothly and enthusiastically, with an exciting and interesting programme coming together. Many thanks Michael Orchard and your team for your efforts to date inviting all those interested in trees and forestry to theWest Coast, April 2016.


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