Originally scheduled for last year, Council-owned forestry blocks on the outskirts of Nelson are finally being harvested following a COVID delay.
The Council delayed the work last year to let businesses that operate near or in the blocks continue to operate after the COVID-19 lockdown. Those businesses were primarily mountain biking businesses.
The current harvest will close public access to the popular walking and cycle trails in the Brook and Maitai Valley..... more
The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) are demanding improvements to Health & Safety in New Zealand ports.
Things have to change, say union leaders with port workers being killed and hurt due to systemic problems in the industry.
MUNZ National Secretary, Craig Harrison, says the string of deaths and serious accidents at Ports of Auckland over the last few years is a glaring example of the problem, recently expos..... more
A Post-Quake Farming Project study on a Waiau farm supports the integration of forestry with farming.
The 1430ha The Gates property, has been farmed by Henry and Olivia Pinckney since 2012. Back then there was around 100ha in trees.
Despite difficulties with wind and land, careful planting of different species in different blocks, reduced the risk, while carbon credits offered additional value, says the farmer.
This came after the farm suffered extensi..... more
Nelson’s CablePrice branch is now a full Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Fuso dealership along with being the region’s official Mercedes-Benz van service and parts dealer.
“Since taking on Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso commercial vehicles in the South Island, we’ve seen exceptional interest coming from the Nelson region. For us to ensure that our customers receive the best possible aftersales service and support, it became appropriate that we expand to include..... more
The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net emissions increased by two percent in the 12 months from the end of 2018.
“Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions,” said Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, in response to the report released last month.
“Whilst we can see from this report that we are acting in the right areas, it also shows we need to step up our..... more
Tokoroa-based logging contractor, Gareth White, has come up with a solution for helping fellow loggers shift wood off difficult sites. He’s started a company that leases purpose-built, all-wheel-drive log shuttle trucks for only the time contractors require them.
Gareth originally started off with a second-hand, ex-mining Tatra 8x8 dump truck from Western Australia and had the bin replaced with a log bunk by Rotorua trailer specialists, Patchell Industries. <..... more