Category Archives: forestry

Are pine trees the problem or the solution?

Pine-forest regulation proposals are creating lots of heat with big implications for land-use and the landscape.  Right now, there is a fervent debate underway as to where pine trees fit within our future landscape. On one side stand Forestry Minister … Continue reading

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Forestry rules about to be upturned

More forestry upheavals are coming as the Government foreshadows big changes to the rules of the game. Sheep and beef farmers including iwi are the big prospective losers. In 2018, the Government announced that it was moving towards a new … Continue reading

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Carbon farming is back in the melting pot

There is considerable evidence that the Government plans to change the carbon-farming rules and to do so in the coming months. The big risk is that unintended consequences will dominate over intended consequences. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made it … Continue reading

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The carbon price marches on

NZU investors are now driving the price of carbon as they play the market As I write this in late January 2022, the carbon price in the open market is $75, with this measured per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent … Continue reading

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New twists to carbon farming

 Each time I write about carbon farming, I think it will be the last time I do so for quite some time. But then something new comes up and there is a new twist to be explored. Right now, there … Continue reading

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Wrestling with forestry decisions

Carbon and forestry, increasingly linked to overseas investors, continue to outmuscle sheep and beef but nothing about carbon is simple I had intended this week to move away from forestry to other topics. But once again, I have been drawn … Continue reading

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Post-1989 forest owners face complex decisions

There are close on 400,000 hectares of non-registered post-1989 forests eligible to join the ETS. Once registered, many owners could within one year earn $7500 or more per hectare in historical credits back to 2018  This is a further article … Continue reading

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The ETS is both a goldmine and a minefield

The Government never foresaw the land-use forces they were unleashing with the ETS In recent weeks I have written multiple articles on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a particular focus on forestry. This week I also had an extended … Continue reading

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Carbon farming will determine the future of sheep, beef and production forestry

The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere The concept of ‘carbon farming’ has been around for a long time. I recall … Continue reading

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Institutional investors outgun Government at carbon auction

On Wednesday September 1, The Government lost control of the ETS to speculators. This has big implications and challenges for the path ahead. The September 1 2021 auction of carbon credits within the Government’s Emission Trading System (ETS) has brought … Continue reading

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