Shaw's Iron Test

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 Shaw's Iron Test

It’s tempting to ask Whangarei based logging contractor Steven Stokes whether we really need another brand of forestry machine in New Zealand, but I already know what his answer will be.

 

Steven is steadfastly sold on the Canadian-built Eltec, to the point where he now jointly holds the sales and distribution rights in this market...

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 Forest Talk

Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL), has announced a multi-million dollar plan to revitalise its Kaitaia Triboard mill, six months after undergoing a similar process at its plant in Gisborne.

 

And, as with the wood-processing operation on the East Coast, it will lead to a loss of some jobs and the company is currently in discussions with staff at Kaitaia to discuss potential effects...

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WoodTECH 2018

Economies of scale can make it hard for small and medium sized sawmills and wood processors in New Zealand to introduce technology, but not impossible.

 

Delegates attending the WoodTECH 2018 conference in Rotorua last month heard that robotics can be introduced to wood plants effectively and economically thanks to new advancements...

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Breaking Out

Interpine General Manager, David Herries, realised just how important drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), were becoming as a work tool when he used one to take aerial footage of the devastating fire that swept the Port Hills, overlooking Christchurch, in February of 2017.

 

As a member of the Rural Fire Service national incident response team David was helping gather information about the huge fire that went on to claim the life of a helicopter pilot fighting the blaze...

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 Top Spot

A recent experience highlighted to me the need for people to speak out on issues they feel uncomfortable about.

 

In this example, it was a bit like Chinese whispers in that by the time the message got passed along through several people, it wasn’t as accurate as it should have been resulting in good intentions creating other potential problems...

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New Iron

Davies Tigercat

Ruth and Alex Davies of Davies Logging, based in Canterbury, have taken delivery of a new Tigercat 1075C forwarder for their current operation on the wet West Coast, near Greymouth...

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