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6th September 2021 Newsletter
Fingers crossed at least some of the country are told they will drop a level today. Whilst lockdown is incredibly disrupting I think we have also all been amazed at how fast Delta can spread. We all should thank the initial case for getting tested!
It seems likely we may have Delta (or other variants) come and go within the community and as such may find ourselves in and out of levels. This is why it is so disappointing to hear some of our members ‘stretched’ (being polite) the exemption the sector managed to get in place for planting. These members have put future exemptions at risk; as the Minister, PM and MoH basically don’t trust us to stick to the rules. I have already received two verbal complaints and have been told more are on the way. For those of you who choose to pick trees up from the nursery and plant them I suggest you question your motivations. Your selfishness has likely resulted in tighter rules for our sector in the future. You have also risked a personal fine and potentially 6 month’s imprisonment whilst putting your people at risk.
On a happier note our Forester of the Year; Paul Millen is being interviewed on National Radio’s nine to noon this Wednesday at 11.30. I encourage you all to tune in.
Thank you to all members who have taken the time to donate to the Foundation. Your donations enable the Foundation to continue offering scholarships which encourage forestry related research, education and training. The scholarships help us grow our knowledge base, grow our people and can grow our markets. I encourage all members to try to donate at least $10 per annum. It is really very simple to do; just click on the donate button on the nzif website. Stop reading and do it now. If any member or their organisation wish to donate larger sums and potentially set up an new award in their name please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss.
Once again fingers crossed we drop levels today. I wish all members the best of health and a quick recovery of their businesses. Sadly I feel this is not the last we have seen of Covid and I hope in the future all members will not test the limits of the rules, putting the whole sector at risk; but rather play fair.
James Treadwell (FNZIF, MInstD)
Were you unable to attend the CPD workshops at the 2021 Conference?
We have had the presentations recorded and these are available to view online:
- Please email Raewyn at email@example.com to let me know you want to view them. I will send you an invoice for $50 and once you have paid I will send you the YouTube link.
• Forest Fire protection - How can we stay ahead - Murray Dudfield
Murray Dudfield was an employee of the NZ Forest Service commencing in 1967 and finished in the role as a Senior Forest Ranger at the time of the demise of the Forest Service in 1987. Murray moved to the Ministry of Forestry as a Senior Forest Fire Advisor from 1987 to 1990 and then filled the role of the NZ National Rural Fire Officer from 1990 to 2014. Appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2015. Was awarded an FAO Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service to International Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management in 2014. Was a board member of the Australia Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre 2007 to 2014 and a board member of the Otago Rural Fire Authority 2014 to 2017. Murray is the current Chair of the Forest Fire Committee for the NZ Institute of Forestry.
• "Arbitration and Mediation" - Dispute Resolution Options - John Larmer and Baden Vertongen
John Larmer has a wide farming experience in numerous districts in New Zealand including mixed cropping, sheep and cattle, Dairying, horticulture and forestry.
50 years background as a rural expert in valuation, consultancy and dispute resolution. Established Larmers Partnership in 1973; merged with TelferYoung Group in 2000; rural director TelferYoung Taranaki until 2010 then consultant as required.
As sole director of Larmer Advisory Ltd now acts as a consulting valuer providing expert witness services or litigation support; as well as accepting mediation, conciliation and arbitral appointments nationally.
Baden Vertongen (Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is a lawyer and mediator who has worked on a wide range of issues affecting Māori organisations and those who work with Māori. This has included the negotiation and settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims, ongoing work of post-settlement organisations, and management of natural resources. Baden has also worked in alternative dispute resolution processes that are associated with Treaty settlement processes, the Waitangi Tribunal, and the Māori Land Court and mediates a range of other types of disputes.
Links for the conference and AGM can be found on our website and here free of charge Read more
Were you unable to attend the International virtual tour?
Join the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry for the International Virtual Study Tour 2021. Forestry professionals from across the globe provide fascinating insights into international forest operations and management.
Featuring speakers from the UK, New Zealand and Australia, this event showcases recent sector developments and allowed professional foresters to share ideas and working practices for the benefit of all our trees and woodlands. We experienced virtual tours of forests; learned about future-proofing our woodlands; discovered technical developments aimed at improving health and safety in the sector, and analysed conservation and protection issues in forestry. This was a truly international event not to be missed! To view the tour click on the link below, free of charge
From the Registrar
APPLICATION FOR REGISTERED MEMBER STATUS
The following Member has applied to become a Registered Member:
· Patrick de Jong of Upper Hutt
Any member of the NZIF has the right to object to an application. Any objection should be lodged with the Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org within 20 working days of the first appearance (6 September 2021) of the notice in this newsletter, specifying the grounds for the objection.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION FOR REGISTERED MEMBER
The following Member is now a Registered Member:
· Adrian Loo of Christchurch
SUCCESSFUL 5 YEAR REGISTRATION REVIEW
· Kit Richards of Rotorua
REGISTRATION REVIEWS 2021
The following members are due for 5-year review of their status as Registered Members during 2021 and have not yet applied;
· John Galbraith
· David Crawley
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