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 Shaw's Iron Test

Imagine yourself at the controls of this flash new Falcon 171 tower hauler…….at your breakfast table some 500 kilometres away.

 

Yeah right! Actually yeah, it could soon be right...

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 Forest Talk

A pilot study is being funded to investigate the feasibility of setting up of a sustainable Tōtara harvesting and timber production industry in Northland.

 

Kick-started with $1million provided by the Provincial Growth Fund, Scion and Northland Inc, the study will focus on selective felling of Tōtara trees that have regenerated in abundance on Northland farms...

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Breaking Out

The iconic Kauri Timber Company building on Fanshawe Street, situated across from Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct Harbour, is a reminder of the native timber industry’s glory days in the late 19th century.

 

Originally built of stone in the 1880’s it is one of only three heritage buildings remaining on the Freeman’s Bay shoreline and was recently restored to its former glory...

 

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New Iron

The tools in the average forestry roading contractor’s shed don’t come much bigger than Kuru Contracting’s new 70-tonne Cat 374FL. While bucket size is an obvious plus-point for Ricky Kuru and his crew in terms of moving more dirt and being more productive day-to-day, other features on this excavator that make it fit-for-purpose in the rugged East Coast forests include the long variable gauge undercarriage for extra stability and large expanses of glass in the cab for great operator visibility...

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 Top Spot

Last year saw the changing of the guard in Top Spot, as the trophies for the leading harvesting and thinning crews in 2018 swapped islands.

 

In a closely-fought contest, the trophy for the Harvesting Top Crew headed to the bottom of the South Island to now reside with Blue Wood Thinning...

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