WoodWeek – 7 July 2021

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Greetings from your WoodWeek news team. We've got the latest in log export news for you as usual. While our log exports continue their stunning run, we’ve got a story to end this week’s issue that shows the next chapter that inevitably follows our current fun “What Goes Up” market phase. What else is hot? Well, some folks are hot under the collar on hearing the Environmental Protection Authority granted the log export industry it’s fourth reprieve to continue using methyl bromide at ports.

Sadly, a forestry worker has been killed during the harvesting of a rural Hawke's Bay pine forest last Wednesday. Police were notified of the workplace incident on Aropaoanui Rd, north-east of Napier at 3.54pm, where one man was reported dead at the scene.

For many of you who have attended our conferences, hearing Lance Burdett for the first time provides huge insights into how we function as human beings! Here is a mid-winter chat from Lance to tell you a bit more about our post-Covid possible behaviours.

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Looking to next week – we look at the numbers behind this forecast:
Forestry exports in the year to June 2021 is forecast to increase by 12.8% to $6.3 billion due to stronger harvest volumes and high prices. Most of this growth is due to strong demand from China and the US for our logs. This is expected to continue, with export revenue forecast to reach $6.4 billion in the year to June 2022.

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Champion Freight Log Export Market Update

Log exports to China have accelerated in a big way, mainly with the reporting month (May) being the a turn around this year with last May being in the post-Covid work stoppage shadow. - This week we've got our monthly update from the team at Champion Freight. The chart shows total log export values to China to the end of May are up 38 percent year-on-year contributing to overall log exports lifting by 32 percent across all export markets. Log exports to South Korea were up for the year by 11 percent up while volumes while logs to Japan and India were down 11% and 60% respectively.

For the month ended in May our log exports to China saw shipments soar by 47 percent, compared to May 2020, taking overall log exports up a solid 35 percent. Notably, logs to Japan were up 52 percent for the month.

Source: Champion Freight


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EPA Extends Methyl Bromide for Logs

(RNZ Morning Report) The Environmental Protection Authority has given the log export industry a new extension, which allows it to keep releasing a highly toxic gas into the air. In 2010, the EPA said timber exporters had 10 years to stop releasing the significantly ozone-depleting gas - methyl bromide - into the atmosphere.

That deadline elapsed in October last year, but industry calls for more time have now been granted for a fourth time.

To listen to the RNZ update click here:

WoodWeek contacted the STIMBR working group for comment. Chairperson Don Hammond said the industry has been trying hard to advance their case and have spent millions of dollars to advance their applications to no avail. However, for over more than 2 ½ years now they have continued to experience considerable frustration with the processes for EPA to advance their cases for change. With no certainty in sight the only pragmatic and diligent option for this securing the current considerable log export trade has been to continue with the status.



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Log Scaling Upgrade at Nelson Port

Photo L-R: Hugh Morrison – CEO, Port Nelson; Matt Parker - Site Manager, Scott Construction; Gavin Hudson - COO – C3 Limited and Pedersen Group; Brandon Kay – Operations Manager– CGW Consulting Engineers

C3 goes big at Nelson Port - C3 Limited, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has officially opened its new checkpoint facility at Port Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island. The new facility is a complete upgrade of the site’s original facility that had been used for more than 25 years and was no longer fit for purpose.

The new facility spans more than 1,000 square metres and features three covered checkpoint lanes with new AS/NZS 1657 compliant scaling ramps for fall from height protection, a workshop, checkpoint office, staff facilities and a main office.

The new facility is equipped with C3’s COM3TS technology which enables the efficient processing of more than one million JASm3 (Japanese Agricultural Standard) of logs the facility currently handles, with the capability to scale up its capacity in line with any rise in demand in the future.

C3 Limited and Pedersen Group COO, Gavin Hudson, said the design of the new facility had to not only meet strict planning guidelines and standards – particularly around earthquake resistance – but also look to the future in terms of handling increasing capacities while providing employees with a safer work environment.

“We have around 70 people working at this site, all of whom play a crucial role in keeping our customers’ export logs moving. This new checkpoint and its great facilities will go a long way in helping C3 to continue to safely deliver an uninterrupted and efficient service for our customers,” said Hudson.

Source: C3
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Forestry Worker Hit By Log Dies

Man in early 20s killed while harvesting forest in rural Hawke's Bay - A forestry worker has been killed during the harvesting of a rural Hawke's Bay pine forest last Wednesday. Police were notified of the workplace incident on Aropaoanui Rd, north-east of Napier at 3.54pm, where one man was reported dead at the scene.

Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter general manager Ian Wilmot said the worker was a man in his early 20s and he understood he was hit by a log. "He was standing part-way down a hill, and a log either slid down or fell down on top of him."

A WorkSafe spokesperson said it was investigating the forestry-related fatality in Tangoio. Because the matter was under investigation it was unable to make any further comment.

Update: The 23-year-old man who died in a forestry accident near Napier last week has been named. Jake Duncan’s​ funeral was held on Monday at Ellwood Function Centre, Waipatu, on Monday, followed by a private crematorium service.

Tributes to Duncan poured in through social media, with one person saying the 23-year-old died “doing what he lived for surrounded by the boys who loved him like a brother. He leaves a massive hole in many lives, known as the most selfless human being possible”.

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Source: NZ Herald



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Lance Burdett Insights - Sound familiar?

For many of you who have attended our conferences, hearing Lance Burdett for the first time provides huge insights into how we function as human beings! Here is a mid-winter chat from Lance to tell you a bit more about our post-Covid possible behaviours ... as well as why you might like to buy his latest book.

The world has changed substantially in the last 18 months and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The arrival of Covid-19 into the world has tipped normality upside down and our lives suddenly became more complicated. Yet, for most of us, we may not realise how much so. If you have any of the following indicators then you have been affected; thirsty for most of the day regardless of how much water you drink, eating more than usual, feeling more tired than ever, having mood swings, wanting (needing) to go to bed an hour or so earlier than your usual, having unusual dreams or wake up three to four times a night, or wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed.

If you have one or more of these things going on that you never had before, this is the post-covid era. Many of us are making excuses for this 'less than normal' behaviour - it's a busy time at the moment, I have a large project due, I am juggling many balls. That might be so, but our pre- conscious brain (subconscious mind) is also at play as we are unknowingly worrying about the future as our brain tries to find a safe way forward.

As a species, we are subconsciously looking for future risk that is always based on our past experiences. Whenever we face what our brain perceives as danger and we go into fight-or-flight mode, our brain puts a marker in our long-term memory as a reference point for the future should something similar happen again. Our brain does not enjoy this uncertainty, it views it as adversity, a dangerous situation that it needs to find an answer for.

Hence, although not realising it, we are in continual fight-or-flight which results in the indicators listed above. Thus, it has caused a rise in anger and violence, globally. Fight is our first option, flight is secondary.

What can we do about our current situation to calm our pre-conscious brain? Maslow nailed it. He noticed that for us to thrive, we had to first get our base layer right - food, shelter, sleep, water, air, and sex - the later for the survival of our species. The reason people lined up outside of stores ahead of the lockdown was to ensure that they had food for their family, just like our ancestors did.

How many of you cleaned your home, had a huge dinner, a couple of drinks and off to bed to increase the population before going to sleep! To acclimatise to our new norm, focus on eating natural foods, drink lots of water, take deep breaths often, improve where you live, and regain a consistent sleep pattern. As to the sixth physiological need, I'll let you decide.

Lance authored two best-sellers – Behind the Tape and Dark Side of the Brain.

To see more about his new book and buy it directly from him, click Here


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UC Team Provides Forest Roading Research Update

Overview of Forest Roads in NZ – University of Canterbury School of Forestry staff members Rien Visser and Campbell Harvey recently gave a presentation on “Forest Roads in New Zealand” to an international audience. The presentation included an overview, detailed current construction practices, and highlighted issues and research of forest roading. It was part of a Webinar series on ‘Forest Roads around the World’ coordinated by IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations).

The 45 min video presentation can be found at using the links noted below. It also includes a Q&A session with an international audience. The local version compliments presentations given on forest roads in Western North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia (see link below).

A key point of difference was NZ’s over-arching ‘fit-for-purpose’ design approach in our plantation forests. This means aligning the road performance expectation to the harvest activity - both in terms of covering the cost of construction and actual road standards.

See Video Here >> and Presentations Here>>


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Chinese Government Company Buys Te Mata Forest

A company owned by Chinese interests including the Chinese Government has been granted approval to purchase sensitive land for forestry on the Coromandel Peninsula - The land (known as Te Mata forest) is currently used for commercial forestry and the Applicant intends to continue its existing use as a commercial forestry estate. The Applicant plans to engage a local forestry management company to manage the land.

The existing tree crop on the Land is pinus radiata. Upon harvest, the Applicant plans to replant the tree crops on the land. The majority of the Land is planted in exotic forestry (267 ha), with the remaining area of the Land being native bush (188 ha) and areas that are unplantable or infrastructure (10 ha).

In addition to the areas of the Land containing forestry, the current title includes a small unadjoining parcel of 0.763 ha of land near the coast that is a historic pā site known as Te Rauwhitiora Pā and is registered as wahi tapu. The Applicant plans to separate this 0.763 ha lot from the title and gift it to Ngāti Tamaterā.

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Source: Overseas Investment Office



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Markets: What Goes UP ...

(Madisons Lumber Report, USA) Lumber Prices Drop as Supply Improves The latest data from the Western Wood Products Association shows that Canadian and US softwood lumber production and sawmill capacity utilization rates improved in March. Finally!

Lumber prices have been so strong in the past year in part because the huge — and sudden — increase in demand was met by supply levels struggling to serve this unexpected situation.

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Source: Madison's Lumber Reporter
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Share Your Experience With Grant Duffy's Whanau

Tena koutou - Last week we shared the sad news of Grant's Duffy's passing. Through his passion for forest safety and his industry-wide role for WorkSafe in carrying out his role Grant had wide contacts across the forest industry. Many of us worked with Grant, especially during the Industry Forest Safety Review process which brought significant and positive change in our industry.

WorkSafe is arranging a memorial book to share the work chapter of Grant’s life with Louise his partner, Bryn his son, and his wider whānau.

The opportunity to contribute to this has been extended beyond WorkSafe staff. If you would like to share your stories of Grant these will be collected in a tribute book to be given to Grant's whānau. You may like to share a message of support, or share a favourite memory of Grant.

You can share these using this link:Click Here>>

If you have a photo you would like to contribute, please email communications@worksafe.govt.nz and they will be in touch to retrieve the image from you.


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Who Knew - Te Reo Name for Ancient Rimu

Te Reo Name Gifted To Ancient Rimu To coincide with Matariki, Wellington’s oldest and tallest tree, the 800-year-old rimu in Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush, will officially be gifted the name Moko with a plaque unveiling this week.

The name Moko has been gifted by local Iwi after some discussion about a suitable title, and establishing the age and sex of the tree – Moko was decided upon as it is most appropriate for a female tree, which is younger than Tāne Mahuta.

Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants, and this tree is a valuable reminder about the importance of preservation in our environment, says Mayor Andy Foster.

“This rimu has seen off predators, diseases and human development in its over 800 years on this site, and will continue to do so thanks to our committed team and the viewing platform which helps protect the roots. As guardians of this land, we are very proud of the remarkable work being done at Ōtari – and so it’s fitting we honour this magnificent tree that is the beating heart of this popular visitor attraction."

“When considering a name for formal adoption, it must reflect the unique identity, culture and environment, and tell a story about the history, geography, and heritage of the subject. It also needs to take into account the views of the community and stakeholders."

“Moko was determined to best fit the criteria, and conjure up a sense of tūrangawaewae for all to connect with and enjoy.”

It’s important to celebrate, embrace and acknowledge our environment, and recognise this iconic rimu with gifting it a te reo Māori name, says Te Atiawa's Liz Mellish.

A bequest from architect and environmentalist Robert Fantl has helped conserve the tree – 50 years after he helped save it by challenging its demolition in the courts when the Council had plans to build a road through the area to the nearby landfill. Funding for a viewing platform to protect the tree roots was provided by the Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust, via the bequest from the Fantl estate. Members of the Fantl family will be present at the event.

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Photo credit: Phil Parnell, Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush Trust


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... and finally ... humour for a cold week

Okay, I'll admit it its been cold week (inside and outside our office actually) But let's get real -- people in the northern hemisphere deal with this everyday for months on end ... EVERY YEAR. You guessed it - its time for the great Canadian Temperature Scale reminder:

Canadian-temperature-scale - It’s time to put it into perspective. Kiwis can’t stand a cccold winter … on the other hand here’s what Canadians think of the white season:

The Canadian temperature scale and its associated effects
(in both Fahrenheit and Celsius)
+70 deg F (21 deg C) - Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear. People in Canada go swimming in the lakes.

+60 deg F (16 deg C) – People in Northland try to turn on the heat. People in Canada plant gardens.

+50 deg F (10 deg C) - Queenslanders shiver uncontrollably. People in Canada sunbathe.

+40 deg F (4 deg C) - Italian & English cars won't start. People in Canada still drive with the windows down.

+32 deg F (0 deg C) - Distilled water freezes. Lake Superior's water gets thicker. People in Canada enjoy a BBQ outdoors in shorts and jandals.

+20 deg F (-7 deg C) – Everyone in Queenstown dons coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats. People in Canada throw on a flannel shirt.

+15 deg F (-9 deg C) - Dunedin landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Canada have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 deg F (-18 deg C) - People in Melbourne all get severe frostbite ... Canadians lick the flagpole.

20 below (-29 deg C) - Darwinites fly away to the equator. People in Canada get out their winter coats.

40 below (-40 deg C) – Mount Ruapehu disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in Canada are selling cookies door to door.

60 below (-51 deg C) - Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic. Canadian Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.

80 below (-62 deg C) - Mount St Helens freezes. People in Canada rent some videos.

100 below (-73 deg C) - Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Canadians get frustrated because they can't thaw the beer keg, eh.

297 below (-183 deg C) - Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products. Cows in Canada complain about farmers with cold hands.

460 below (-273 deg C) - ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale). People in Canada start saying, "Eh, Cold 'nuff for ya?"

500 below (-296 deg C) - Hell freezes over. The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.



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