Category Archives: forestry

Carbon farming steps forward on the North Island hard-hill country

In recent months I have been analysing New Zealand sheep and beef farming to try and understand the changing scene. Here, I shift the focus to carbon farming on the North Island hard-hill country where sheep and beef currently predominate. … Continue reading

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The big picture with sheep

The sheep-farming retreat will continue despite excellent meat prices, with carbon farming the mega-force. In recent months, I have written four articles focusing on the sheep and beef industries across New Zealand. My main focus has been to identify the … Continue reading

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Searching for the future on the North Island hills

Some weeks back I wrote an article on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms, focusing on the current situation. I said I would be back as there was more to discuss about both the present and the future. Here, I … Continue reading

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Forestry issues still need much debate

Land-use decisions between farm and forest need unbiased information from within New Zealand, without Government screwing the scrum towards foreign investors In my last article on forestry, a little over two months ago, I ended by saying that “there is … Continue reading

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Pivoting from production to permanent forests

A fundamental change is occurring in the economics of production versus permanent forests. The policy environment is getting left behind During 2019, I wrote five articles discussing land-use transformation that would be driven by forthcoming forestry investments.  One of the … Continue reading

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Government’s food and fibre reset report lacks a core

The Government’s new food and fibre reset document is PR aspirational fluff. The hard work remains to be done On July 7 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released the Government’s document “Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential”. … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 black swans keep bearing down

It’s only fifteen days since I wrote about the coronavirus black swan. In that time, both nothing and everything has changed. In that time there has been no scientific breakthrough of a treatment or vaccine. Shockingly high transmission rates in … Continue reading

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Carbon neutrality requires permanent forests not production forests

In recent months I have been writing about land-use transformation that will be driven increasingly by carbon trading. If New Zealand is to approach net-zero carbon, then it can only be achieved by a combination of modified lifestyles plus new … Continue reading

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Government is losing the forestry debate with rural New Zealand

The response of Government Ministers to rural concerns about forestry policy is polarising the debate. Describing rural perspectives as ‘fiction’, and upset rural protesters as ‘rednecks’, is counter-productive. The combination of the Zero Carbon Act and forthcoming Emission Trading Scheme … Continue reading

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Conversion of farms to forestry is now ramping up

Earlier this year I wrote two articles, archived here and here, about the likely impact and consequences of policies that encourage conversion of pastoral land to forestry. I was particularly concerned about the actions and power of foreign investors, and … Continue reading

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