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'Stand in the Gap' with Wiremu and Marsella Edmonds, in association STIHL Ltd.


Posted: 11 Sept 2019


Cornerstone partner, STIHL have partnered with Wiremu and Marsella Edmonds to bring the industry three 'Stand in the Gap' workshops, in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, early October.

These are exclusive arboriculture industry workshops, open to members and non-members.  Attendance is free, courtesy of STIHL, but registrations are essential.

The core message is to address the importance of keeping yourself and each other safe in the workplace. To take ownership of what you can control, be responsible for how you influence others and be an example of true leadership. Their message is drawn from a place of tragedy and they illustrate the importance of using true and basic values and principles that can assist you in creating or recreating a safe culture. This is not your average speech, presentation or story.

Wiremu and Marsella deliver a raw but real version of how to overcome challenges in the workplace and how to identify the subcultures that seep into the workplace and threaten positive Health & Safety practices which can disrupt the companies vision.

Stand in the gap is the call of courage in the fight for what is right. The presentation holds an individual accountable while building their courage and inspiring them to make change.

The values of leadership expose the impediments that destroy leaders, friendships, families and communities. Stand in the Gap lays the first stepping stone to ensuring families, communities and businesses stay intact.

Dates and locations:

  • Auckland 01 October – STIHL Headquarters, 9 Bishop Browne, Flat Bush, Auckland. 5.30pm
  • Christchurch 07 October – Commodore Hotel 449 Memorial Avenue Christchurch 5.30pm
  • Wellington 08 October – Lower Hutt Events centre. 30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington. 5.30pm
To register email angela.gregory@stihl.co.nz. Each workshops has a maximum number of 50 people, registrations will be taken on a first in first served basis. 

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Open letter to Worksafe from NZ Arb


Posted: 29 Aug 2019


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Lynne Boddy Workshop - Sponsorship Opportunities


Posted: 29 Aug 2019

NZ Arb is excited to present sponsorship opportunities alongside New Zealand’s first Professor Lynne Boddy workshop. The Wellington Workshop (19 Nov) will be the only workshop offered by Professor Boddy this year and represents an exclusive opportunity to align your brand with professional excellence and world-class research.


Click here for more information.

2019 Practitioners' Stream Marketing Opportunity


Posted: 11 Aug 2019


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Spots Filling Fast Red Bull Branched Out 2019


Posted: 7 Aug 2019


Red Bull Branched Out 2019 this year takes place 17 - 19 October in Kapunda SA, only 1 hour from the Adelaide Airport.

Click here for more information.

Forest Health Newsletter Aug 2019


Posted: 31 July 2019


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Posted: 21 May 2019


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Arborists and ecologists work together with Fulton Hogan for bat safety during tree removal


Posted: 12 April 2019


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Arborists and ecologists work together with Fulton Hogan for bat safety during tree removal


Posted: 12 April 2019


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Arborists and ecologists work together with Fulton Hogan for bat safety during tree removal


Posted: 12 April 2019


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Submission on the Reform of the Vocational Education


Posted: 2 April 2019

 

You may have heard Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ proposal to create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST), merging 16 public Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into a single entity. For further information on the proposed changes click here. The proposed changes will have an effect on all courses between level 3 to level 7 under the NZQA framework which includes all of the current arboriculture qualifications.

What are the key changes:

Whilst the proposal currently lacks detail some key themes have come through

· The amalgamation of the current Industry Training Providers (ITP) e.g. institutes of technology’s and polytechnics

· The removal of the Industry Training Organisations (ITO) e.g. PITO, BCITO

· The creation of Industry skills bodies (ISB) which would be government funded organisations who would represent the industry similar to the way the current

ITO’s do but without also supplying the training

· All vocational learning (including apprenticeships) will be managed by ITP’s

· Create a unified vocational education funding system – overhaul of the current funding system around vocational training

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association is the voice of the Arboriculture industry and we lobby on issues of concern to you, our members. The NZ Arb executive committee working group, have attended recent consultation meetings regarding the reform for vocational education and we, the NZ arboriculture industry have the opportunity to make a submission.

How does this affect you?

Due to the arboriculture accreditations sitting within the level 3 – 7 NZQA framework, any changes to these qualifications and the way they are delivered will have a direct effect on our industry. The arboriculture industry also relies heavily on workplace training in addition to full-time study both of which will be affected by the proposal. Given the current nationwide shortage of trained and qualified arborist, it is integral that any changes made support and strengthen training within our industry and does not lead to a reduction in quality or quantity of people entering our industry. Any reform must not be at the expense of industry-led workplace learning, and it must work for both the employed workforce and industry participants.

The NZ Arb submission

NZ Arb has put together a submission based on the information provided within the government distributed documents, consultation meetings and discussions with people within the industry. The submission acknowledges that the proposal could provide strength to the vocational training sector however due to the lack of detail within the proposal it is not possible to understand the full consequences on the arboricultural industry. We have expressed a number of concerns which should be addressed during the next stages of the planning stage until these have been addressed NZ Arb cannot support the proposed changes in their current form. NZ Arb are also concerned that the timing of both the proposed changes to vocational training and the immigration policy will leave our industry at a significant risk of having a further shortage of trained and qualified staff.

A copy of our full submission can be viewed here

NZ Arb would like to encourage everybody to submit on the proposal. The more of us who submit the more of a voice the industry will have through this process.

How can you have your say?

NZ Arb encourages all members to make a submission to Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz
before 5th April

 

Press Release: Dirty Air More Dangerous Than Trees

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Posted: 25 January 2019

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Tree Cities of the World Programme Unveiled 

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Posted: 4 December 2018

The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Unveil Tree Cities of the World Programme - seven NZ cities have already expressed their interest and intent to apply, and we are hoping that NZ towns and cities will be some of the first Arbor Day Foundation / United Nations (FAO) Tree Cities of the World

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2018 NZ Arb Husqvarna NTCC Qualifiers

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Posted: 1 November 2018

See the full list of 2018 Qualifiers...

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2018 NZ Arb Conference SAVE THE DATE: 8 - 10 November, Dunedin

Written by on May 11th, 2018.      224 comments

 

Action Plan emerges from the 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting

Written by NZArb Association on October 4th, 2017.      60 comments

In September 2017, industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM); a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).  As a result of that meeting the Seoul Action Plan (SAP) was created.

Two years before that, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York.  The purpose of that meeting was to adopt 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) designed to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.  The SDG's balance the three dimensions of sustainable development; economic, social and environmental (in October of this year a ‘Partnership' goal was added, to bring the SDG's to 17).

For a full list of the UN's SDG's visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Two years after that industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the SDG's.  The Seoul Action Plan (SAP) is the result of that meeting.  The SAP lists outcomes, actions, and indicators for achieving seven (7) of the SDG's through the use and expansion of Urban Forestry in our towns and cities.

The SAP is split into eight themes: Greener, Cleaner, Cooler, Healthier, More Cultured, More Biodiverse, Wealthier and Safer cities.

Download a PDF copy of the full 12 page Seoul Action Plan here  

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Why the SAP is potentially significant on a national and international level, is that the NZ Government has made a commitment to achieving the SDG's.  By expanding NZ's urban forests by as little as 10% the NZ Government could potentially achieve 7 of the 17 SDG's.  Ensuring that our urban forest is maintained and managed could be the easiest and cheapest way for the NZ Government to meet its commitments.  

The SAP is the easy solution, it is the answer to a question that I suspect most policymakers don't even know has been asked. Our Government needs to be held to account and reminded that they have committed NZ to protecting the planet and have agreed upon economic, social and environmental goals.  Local government can't go against this – in fact, the Local government should get funding achieve the SDG's and a good chunk of that funding should be set aside for maintaining and managing our urban forests.

The SAP is potentially significant because it is a tool that gives us a chance to push down from the very top, to hold the Government to account.  Maybe the new Government will listen, I don't know – but if it is to listen, it needs to be told and we need to tell it through as many channels as possible and as often as possible.

 

A Biosecurity Risk for New Zealand, Myrtle Rust

Written by on April 5th, 2017.      114 comments

Disappointing news earlier this week, and now made public, that Myrtle Rust have been found by DOC staff on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands. 
If you are not familiar with Myrtle Rust see the attached and have a look at the article below for more information. 
This has potential to seriously affect native and exotic plants in the Myrtle family including pohutukawa, rata, kanuka, manuka, and ramarama, as well eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

Click here for more information.
 

NZ Arb and Husqvarna Renew Sponsorship

Written by on September 12th, 2016.      30 comments

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) is pleased to announce that Husqvarna New Zealand is continuing its sponsorship of the national arboricultural industry body.

Under the three year agreement, Husqvarna continues to be the major sponsor of the NZ Arb tree climbing regional competitions and national championship. 

Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation is very pleased to have the ongoing support.

“Husqvarna has been an outstanding sponsor for seven years now and we’re delighted to continue our relationship,” says Seth.  “An association with an industry leader like Husqvarna provides invaluable support to our organisation and our members.  It has also helped raise the tree climbing profile in New Zealand where we have two world champions.”

Established in 1989, NZ Arb advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and educates in all facets of arboriculture around the country.

“We are thrilled to renew our support of NZ Arb as major sponsors of the New Zealand tree climbing competition (NZ TCC) for another three years,” says Steve Middleton, Regional Sales Manager, Husqvarna New Zealand.

“The NZ TCC is the ideal platform to showcase the latest technological innovations and techniques in the industry and Husqvarna New Zealand share in the vision of the NZ Arb to encourage, improve and educate in all aspects of arboriculture throughout New Zealand.”

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com/nz/ 
 

Member feedback wanted on the proposed Utility Arb Good Practice Guide

Written by on August 10th, 2016.      61 comments

The NZ Arb Utility Arborist Committee, are seeking feedback on the proposed Good Practice Guide (UGPG). 

As this affects all Utility operators across NZ, we encourage you to read the draft UGPG and make a submission or comment about the content of this document, or suggest additional safe working practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Utility.

Feedback is invited on the UGPG from now until Saturday 1 October 2016. The draft guide can be downloaded from the NZ Arb member’s resources webpage (http://www.nzarb.org.nz/Members.html).  Or contact lea@nzarb.org.nz to be emailed a copy.

Submissions can be made via email to lea@nzarb.org.nz.  Correspondence should be headed; Submissions to the Utility Good Practice Guide (UGPG) and include your name and contact details. Please use the section numbers to identify where your submission relates to or where your submission should be included.

Alternatively, join the UGPG forum to discuss with others – click here

We would greatly value your feedback to help us improve and update the content of this Guide.
 

Wood Chipper Guidance

Written by Rick Mexted on June 24th, 2016.      14 comments

Woodchipper guidance for this year, the document that you should work with...

 

Save Notable Trees In Christchurch

Written by on January 28th, 2016.      13 comments

More than 2000 listed trees in Christchurch are under threat.

As a result of a process introduced under the Canterbury Earthquake emergency powers legislation (the CER Act), protection is being removed from 80% of Christchurch's notable trees. 

 

Media Release: NZ Arb encourages appropriate tree care

Written by on December 24th, 2015.      6 comments

As the national industry body, the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and is critical of inappropriate techniques such as ringbarking highlighted today in Titirangi. 
 
Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation encourages Councils to proactively ensure the protection of trees in an urban environment.
 

Kiwi Arboricultural Champions Recognised

Written by NZ Arb on October 29th, 2015.      164 comments

Media release: 29 October 2015
  
The recent 2015 Asplundh New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) conference and Husqvarna National Tree Climbing Championships in Nelson saw national champions announced and industry stalwarts celebrated. 
 

DMM Product Recall

Written by DMM on October 16th, 2015.      8 comments

DMM are issuing a product recall, subject to user inspection. This document (PDF below) details the products that are affected by the recall and contains instructions to identify whether or not an affected product should be returned to DMM.
 

National TCC 2015

Written by NZ Arb on October 9th, 2015.      6 comments

On 2-3 October New Zealand’s best tree climbers gathered in sunny Nelson for the annual Husqvarna/NZ Arb National Tree Climbing Championship.
 

The Other Inconvenient Truth

Written by Primary ITO on September 29th, 2015.      6 comments

On the 8th of September, the world marked International Literacy Day. The day provides a time to reflect on a troublesome and stubborn reality. At least 40% of the New Zealand population will have trouble reading this publication. That percentage is confirmed by repeated international surveys. A similar percentage will not have the numeracy skills to complete a tax return or confidently manage their daily finances.
 

NZ Arb Proud to Announce Treetools New Zealand as the Official Gear Sponsor

Written by NZ Arb on September 23rd, 2015.      22 comments

Treetools have supplied the tree care industry for over 30 years. The roots can be found in silviculture, horticulture and viticulture but today Treetools concentrates purely on safety equipment, climbing and rigging gear and pruning hand tools for aerial arboriculture. 
 

New Practitioners' Stream at the 2015 Conference

Written by on September 15th, 2015.      13 comments

This year for the first time ever the Conference will offer a stream catering specifically to practicing Arborists. Day one will be four sessions on topics like Good Practice for Working with Cranes and Methodology for Teaching Rigging. Day two will include a workshop for practitioners with Mark Chisholm.
 

NZQA has published new qualifications

Written by NZ Arb on September 11th, 2015.      65 comments

NZQA has released the following new qualifications.
 
 
Introducing Husqvarna All New Legends in the Making

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Posted: 17 September 2018

Two exciting new Husqvarna products available in-store now.

THE NEXT LEGENDARY HUSQVARNA IS HERE
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The new Husqvarna 572 XP®, designed from scratch to be tough enough for even the most demanding job: stronger, lighter and more manoeuvrable. With their outstanding cutting performance, excellent cooling capacity and state-of-the-art filtration they’re built for maximised productivity, reliability and durability, day after day.

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HUSQVARNA X-CUT® SAW CHAIN: A WORLD FIRST

The Husqvarna X-Cut® is the world’s first original Husqvarna saw chain. It’s designed for a single purpose: to optimize the performance of your Husqvarna chainsaw – and thereby maximize your output.

The highly anticipated X-Cut® chain for professionals is finally here. Developed, designed and manufactured using the most advanced technologies and rigorous quality control. With a long-lasting sharpness, an outstanding durability and high cutting efficiency, it is made for minimum down time and maximum results.

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Exclusive Member Only Deals with Interislander

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Posted: 3 September 2018

NZ Arb is delighted to announced a partnership with Interislander that means exclusive NZ Arb member only deal on Interislander ferry crossings. 

Interislander is offering NZ Arb members discounted prices for passengers and vehicles. In addition to being a constant great price, fares are 90% refundable if cancelled up to 1 hour before departure and changeable with no penalty (availability allowing) up 1 hour before departure. 

Fares

Off Peak Each Way

Adult

$47.00

Child

$25.00

Motorcycle

$40.00

Campervan/Motorhome up to 5.5m

$145.00

Additional half metre

$37.00

Car/Ute/Van/4WD/trailer up to 5.5m

$124.00 each

Additional half metre

$20.00

Premium Lounge

$55.00 18yrs plus


Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
•    Booking details and member promo code are available in the Member Zone of the NZ Arb website.
•    Membership sticker or letter from NZARB to be shown at check in or retail fares will be charged
•    Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
•    Bookings are 90% refundable if cancelled up to 1 hour before departure.
•    Date and time changes allowed up to 1 hour before departure without penalty, subject to availability.
•    Fares subject to change with notification.
•    If booking from outside NZ you will need to request your booking be made via email
•    Valid for travel from 13 August through to 15 December 18.
•    Please note that no discount applies 16 December 18 through to and including 31 January 19

Check out the NZ Arb member zone for more details and booking info. 

 

 

Public Meeting Dates Kauri Dieback Programme

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Posted: 24 August 2018

The Kauri Dieback Programme invites you to a public meeting about the National Pest Management Plan for kauri. This plan will set out rules under the Biosecurity Act 1993 for more consistent and effective management of kauri dieback disease nationally. Your input is important to ensure we’ve got the right plan to protect kauri into the future.

Public meetings

Locations, times and venues for public meetings:

 

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

Kaitaia

Te Ahu

Cnr of Mathews Ave & South Rd

Mon 27 August

6.30pm to 9pm

Whangarei

Barge Park Showgrounds Event Centre

474 Maunu Road

Wed 29 August

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Auckland

Orewa Community Centre

40-46 Orewa Square

Orewa

 

Thursday 30 August

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Auckland

Te Atatū South Community Centre

247 Edmonton Road

Te Atatū South

 

Friday 31 August

1.00pm to 4.00pm

Auckland

Hunua Hall

2315 Hunua Road

Hunua

 

Saturday 1 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Thames

Thames War Memorial Hall

Corner of Mary and Queen Streets

 

Sunday 2 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Hamilton

Waikato Regional Council offices

401 Grey Street

Monday 3 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Katikati

Katikati War Memorial Hall

Main Road

Tuesday 4 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Why to get involved

Lots of excellent ideas and feedback for the future management of kauri dieback disease were gathered in the first consultation round.  It's on the right track and these ideas are now reflected in the refreshed strategy and the National Pest Management Plan.  In these meetings they'd also like you to share your thoughts on ideas for the management agency (the organisation) that will implement the plan.

 

How to get involved

The second round of consultation is open from 20 August to 12 September 2018. If you can’t make a public meeting, or even if you do, you can still make a submission. The information they want your feedback on is available now on our website.

 

For more information about the consultations this year and to download a poster promoting them that you can share, visit www.kauridieback.co.nz/consultation. You can also email us at KauriConsultation@mpi.govt.nz if you have any questions.

 

Seeking APTCC Head Technician

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Press Release: Kiwi World Champion Again
Updated: 7Press Release Aug 2018

  


An invitation from STIHL
Updated: 6 Aug 2018

'Meet, Greet, Learn & Eat with Mark Chisholm: International Award Winning Arborist'.

Three events, including;

  • Hamilton, 18 Sept 2018
  • Auckland, 19 Sept 2018
  • Christchurch, 20 Sept 2018

Click here for more information or booking details.              


Kauri dieback hui: dates and venues announced
Updated: 5 July 2018

Locations, dates and times are now available for the first round of kauri dieback hui. These meetings are open to everyone and are about gathering ideas to develop the future direction for managing the disease.

Northland
Mangamuka Marae, 9 Iwitaua Road, Mangamuka
Monday 2 July, 10am to 3pm

Whangarei
Barge Park Showgrounds Event Centre, 474 Maunu Road
Monday 2 July, 7pm to 9pm

Whangarei
Te Puna o Te Mātauranga Marae
Northtec, 51 Raumanga Valley Rd
Tuesday 3 July, 10am to 3pm

Auckland
Te Mahurehure Marae, 65-73 Premier Ave, Point Chevalier
Wednesday 4 July, 10am to 3pm

Auckland
Kelston Community Centre, 126 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale
Wednesday 4 July, 7pm to 9pm

Thames
Thames War Memorial Hall, Cnr of Mary & Queen St.
Thursday 5 July, 7pm to 9pm

Thames
Matai Whetu Marae, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, Kopu
Friday 6 July, 10am to 3pm

If you can’t make the hui, there are other ways to have your say. Submissions are now open and will close on Monday 16 July 2018, 5:00pm. Visit website to see the best way for you to have your say www.kauridieback.co.nz

There will be three rounds of consultation this year. This first round is to refresh the future direction for managing kauri dieback disease. In rounds two and three later this year, you’ll get to comment on the big picture view created from feedback in round one. This will inform how the National Pest Management Plan can best be used to support the work to protect kauri – and you’ll get a say on that too. Dates for these consultation rounds to follow.



              

2018 NZ Arb Annual Conference, in association with Asplundh
Updated: 1 May 2018

The 2018 NZ Arb Conference in association with Asplundh will return to the South Island in early November.
Click on banner below for the latest 2018 Conference updates.

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2018 Conference Handbook available here

Husqvarna Professional Product Launch - Member Exclusive
Updated: 1 May 2018

Click on link below to view and download the invitation and register.

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Myrtle Rust Resources
Updated: 22 January 2018

An increasing number of myrtle rust cases are being reported in Auckland and around the North Island, which have the potential to have significant impacts on our amenity trees, the way we work, and what our landscape may look like in decades to come.
MPI have shared a selection of flyers with NZ Arb which they hope members will be able to distribute through our collectives networks, helping to track and manage the spread of the disease. 
 
In particular, they would like to encourage the download and use of the App that has been designed for this to help track the progress of the disease.

Click on links below to view and download flyers.

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2018 NZ Arb Conference SAVE THE DATE: 8 - 10 November, Dunedin

Written by on May 11th, 2018.      224 comments

 

Action Plan emerges from the 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting

Written by NZArb Association on October 4th, 2017.      60 comments

In September 2017, industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM); a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).  As a result of that meeting the Seoul Action Plan (SAP) was created.

Two years before that, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York.  The purpose of that meeting was to adopt 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) designed to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.  The SDG's balance the three dimensions of sustainable development; economic, social and environmental (in October of this year a ‘Partnership' goal was added, to bring the SDG's to 17).

For a full list of the UN's SDG's visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Two years after that industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the SDG's.  The Seoul Action Plan (SAP) is the result of that meeting.  The SAP lists outcomes, actions, and indicators for achieving seven (7) of the SDG's through the use and expansion of Urban Forestry in our towns and cities.

The SAP is split into eight themes: Greener, Cleaner, Cooler, Healthier, More Cultured, More Biodiverse, Wealthier and Safer cities.

Download a PDF copy of the full 12 page Seoul Action Plan here  

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Why the SAP is potentially significant on a national and international level, is that the NZ Government has made a commitment to achieving the SDG's.  By expanding NZ's urban forests by as little as 10% the NZ Government could potentially achieve 7 of the 17 SDG's.  Ensuring that our urban forest is maintained and managed could be the easiest and cheapest way for the NZ Government to meet its commitments.  

The SAP is the easy solution, it is the answer to a question that I suspect most policymakers don't even know has been asked. Our Government needs to be held to account and reminded that they have committed NZ to protecting the planet and have agreed upon economic, social and environmental goals.  Local government can't go against this – in fact, the Local government should get funding achieve the SDG's and a good chunk of that funding should be set aside for maintaining and managing our urban forests.

The SAP is potentially significant because it is a tool that gives us a chance to push down from the very top, to hold the Government to account.  Maybe the new Government will listen, I don't know – but if it is to listen, it needs to be told and we need to tell it through as many channels as possible and as often as possible.

 

A Biosecurity Risk for New Zealand, Myrtle Rust

Written by on April 5th, 2017.      114 comments

Disappointing news earlier this week, and now made public, that Myrtle Rust have been found by DOC staff on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands. 
If you are not familiar with Myrtle Rust see the attached and have a look at the article below for more information. 
This has potential to seriously affect native and exotic plants in the Myrtle family including pohutukawa, rata, kanuka, manuka, and ramarama, as well eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

Click here for more information.
 

NZ Arb and Husqvarna Renew Sponsorship

Written by on September 12th, 2016.      30 comments

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) is pleased to announce that Husqvarna New Zealand is continuing its sponsorship of the national arboricultural industry body.

Under the three year agreement, Husqvarna continues to be the major sponsor of the NZ Arb tree climbing regional competitions and national championship. 

Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation is very pleased to have the ongoing support.

“Husqvarna has been an outstanding sponsor for seven years now and we’re delighted to continue our relationship,” says Seth.  “An association with an industry leader like Husqvarna provides invaluable support to our organisation and our members.  It has also helped raise the tree climbing profile in New Zealand where we have two world champions.”

Established in 1989, NZ Arb advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and educates in all facets of arboriculture around the country.

“We are thrilled to renew our support of NZ Arb as major sponsors of the New Zealand tree climbing competition (NZ TCC) for another three years,” says Steve Middleton, Regional Sales Manager, Husqvarna New Zealand.

“The NZ TCC is the ideal platform to showcase the latest technological innovations and techniques in the industry and Husqvarna New Zealand share in the vision of the NZ Arb to encourage, improve and educate in all aspects of arboriculture throughout New Zealand.”

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com/nz/ 
 

Member feedback wanted on the proposed Utility Arb Good Practice Guide

Written by on August 10th, 2016.      61 comments

The NZ Arb Utility Arborist Committee, are seeking feedback on the proposed Good Practice Guide (UGPG). 

As this affects all Utility operators across NZ, we encourage you to read the draft UGPG and make a submission or comment about the content of this document, or suggest additional safe working practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Utility.

Feedback is invited on the UGPG from now until Saturday 1 October 2016. The draft guide can be downloaded from the NZ Arb member’s resources webpage (http://www.nzarb.org.nz/Members.html).  Or contact lea@nzarb.org.nz to be emailed a copy.

Submissions can be made via email to lea@nzarb.org.nz.  Correspondence should be headed; Submissions to the Utility Good Practice Guide (UGPG) and include your name and contact details. Please use the section numbers to identify where your submission relates to or where your submission should be included.

Alternatively, join the UGPG forum to discuss with others – click here

We would greatly value your feedback to help us improve and update the content of this Guide.
 

Wood Chipper Guidance

Written by Rick Mexted on June 24th, 2016.      14 comments

Woodchipper guidance for this year, the document that you should work with...

 

Save Notable Trees In Christchurch

Written by on January 28th, 2016.      13 comments

More than 2000 listed trees in Christchurch are under threat.

As a result of a process introduced under the Canterbury Earthquake emergency powers legislation (the CER Act), protection is being removed from 80% of Christchurch's notable trees. 

 

Media Release: NZ Arb encourages appropriate tree care

Written by on December 24th, 2015.      6 comments

As the national industry body, the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and is critical of inappropriate techniques such as ringbarking highlighted today in Titirangi. 
 
Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation encourages Councils to proactively ensure the protection of trees in an urban environment.
 

Kiwi Arboricultural Champions Recognised

Written by NZ Arb on October 29th, 2015.      164 comments

Media release: 29 October 2015
  
The recent 2015 Asplundh New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) conference and Husqvarna National Tree Climbing Championships in Nelson saw national champions announced and industry stalwarts celebrated. 
 

DMM Product Recall

Written by DMM on October 16th, 2015.      8 comments

DMM are issuing a product recall, subject to user inspection. This document (PDF below) details the products that are affected by the recall and contains instructions to identify whether or not an affected product should be returned to DMM.
 

National TCC 2015

Written by NZ Arb on October 9th, 2015.      6 comments

On 2-3 October New Zealand’s best tree climbers gathered in sunny Nelson for the annual Husqvarna/NZ Arb National Tree Climbing Championship.
 

The Other Inconvenient Truth

Written by Primary ITO on September 29th, 2015.      6 comments

On the 8th of September, the world marked International Literacy Day. The day provides a time to reflect on a troublesome and stubborn reality. At least 40% of the New Zealand population will have trouble reading this publication. That percentage is confirmed by repeated international surveys. A similar percentage will not have the numeracy skills to complete a tax return or confidently manage their daily finances.
 

NZ Arb Proud to Announce Treetools New Zealand as the Official Gear Sponsor

Written by NZ Arb on September 23rd, 2015.      22 comments

Treetools have supplied the tree care industry for over 30 years. The roots can be found in silviculture, horticulture and viticulture but today Treetools concentrates purely on safety equipment, climbing and rigging gear and pruning hand tools for aerial arboriculture. 
 

New Practitioners' Stream at the 2015 Conference

Written by on September 15th, 2015.      13 comments

This year for the first time ever the Conference will offer a stream catering specifically to practicing Arborists. Day one will be four sessions on topics like Good Practice for Working with Cranes and Methodology for Teaching Rigging. Day two will include a workshop for practitioners with Mark Chisholm.
 

NZQA has published new qualifications

Written by NZ Arb on September 11th, 2015.      65 comments

NZQA has released the following new qualifications.
 
 
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2018 NZ Arb Conference SAVE THE DATE: 8 - 10 November, Dunedin

Written by on May 11th, 2018.      224 comments

 

Action Plan emerges from the 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting

Written by NZArb Association on October 4th, 2017.      60 comments

In September 2017, industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM); a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).  As a result of that meeting the Seoul Action Plan (SAP) was created.

Two years before that, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York.  The purpose of that meeting was to adopt 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) designed to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.  The SDG's balance the three dimensions of sustainable development; economic, social and environmental (in October of this year a ‘Partnership' goal was added, to bring the SDG's to 17).

For a full list of the UN's SDG's visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Two years after that industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region met for the 2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting with the purpose of creating practical methods and outcomes as a means of assisting Asia-Pacific countries in reaching some of the SDG's.  The Seoul Action Plan (SAP) is the result of that meeting.  The SAP lists outcomes, actions, and indicators for achieving seven (7) of the SDG's through the use and expansion of Urban Forestry in our towns and cities.

The SAP is split into eight themes: Greener, Cleaner, Cooler, Healthier, More Cultured, More Biodiverse, Wealthier and Safer cities.

Download a PDF copy of the full 12 page Seoul Action Plan here  

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Why the SAP is potentially significant on a national and international level, is that the NZ Government has made a commitment to achieving the SDG's.  By expanding NZ's urban forests by as little as 10% the NZ Government could potentially achieve 7 of the 17 SDG's.  Ensuring that our urban forest is maintained and managed could be the easiest and cheapest way for the NZ Government to meet its commitments.  

The SAP is the easy solution, it is the answer to a question that I suspect most policymakers don't even know has been asked. Our Government needs to be held to account and reminded that they have committed NZ to protecting the planet and have agreed upon economic, social and environmental goals.  Local government can't go against this – in fact, the Local government should get funding achieve the SDG's and a good chunk of that funding should be set aside for maintaining and managing our urban forests.

The SAP is potentially significant because it is a tool that gives us a chance to push down from the very top, to hold the Government to account.  Maybe the new Government will listen, I don't know – but if it is to listen, it needs to be told and we need to tell it through as many channels as possible and as often as possible.

 

A Biosecurity Risk for New Zealand, Myrtle Rust

Written by on April 5th, 2017.      114 comments

Disappointing news earlier this week, and now made public, that Myrtle Rust have been found by DOC staff on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands. 
If you are not familiar with Myrtle Rust see the attached and have a look at the article below for more information. 
This has potential to seriously affect native and exotic plants in the Myrtle family including pohutukawa, rata, kanuka, manuka, and ramarama, as well eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

Click here for more information.
 

NZ Arb and Husqvarna Renew Sponsorship

Written by on September 12th, 2016.      30 comments

The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) is pleased to announce that Husqvarna New Zealand is continuing its sponsorship of the national arboricultural industry body.

Under the three year agreement, Husqvarna continues to be the major sponsor of the NZ Arb tree climbing regional competitions and national championship. 

Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation is very pleased to have the ongoing support.

“Husqvarna has been an outstanding sponsor for seven years now and we’re delighted to continue our relationship,” says Seth.  “An association with an industry leader like Husqvarna provides invaluable support to our organisation and our members.  It has also helped raise the tree climbing profile in New Zealand where we have two world champions.”

Established in 1989, NZ Arb advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and educates in all facets of arboriculture around the country.

“We are thrilled to renew our support of NZ Arb as major sponsors of the New Zealand tree climbing competition (NZ TCC) for another three years,” says Steve Middleton, Regional Sales Manager, Husqvarna New Zealand.

“The NZ TCC is the ideal platform to showcase the latest technological innovations and techniques in the industry and Husqvarna New Zealand share in the vision of the NZ Arb to encourage, improve and educate in all aspects of arboriculture throughout New Zealand.”

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com/nz/ 
 

Member feedback wanted on the proposed Utility Arb Good Practice Guide

Written by on August 10th, 2016.      61 comments

The NZ Arb Utility Arborist Committee, are seeking feedback on the proposed Good Practice Guide (UGPG). 

As this affects all Utility operators across NZ, we encourage you to read the draft UGPG and make a submission or comment about the content of this document, or suggest additional safe working practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Utility.

Feedback is invited on the UGPG from now until Saturday 1 October 2016. The draft guide can be downloaded from the NZ Arb member’s resources webpage (http://www.nzarb.org.nz/Members.html).  Or contact lea@nzarb.org.nz to be emailed a copy.

Submissions can be made via email to lea@nzarb.org.nz.  Correspondence should be headed; Submissions to the Utility Good Practice Guide (UGPG) and include your name and contact details. Please use the section numbers to identify where your submission relates to or where your submission should be included.

Alternatively, join the UGPG forum to discuss with others – click here

We would greatly value your feedback to help us improve and update the content of this Guide.
 

Wood Chipper Guidance

Written by Rick Mexted on June 24th, 2016.      14 comments

Woodchipper guidance for this year, the document that you should work with...

 

Save Notable Trees In Christchurch

Written by on January 28th, 2016.      13 comments

More than 2000 listed trees in Christchurch are under threat.

As a result of a process introduced under the Canterbury Earthquake emergency powers legislation (the CER Act), protection is being removed from 80% of Christchurch's notable trees. 

 

Media Release: NZ Arb encourages appropriate tree care

Written by on December 24th, 2015.      6 comments

As the national industry body, the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) advocates and supports the protection and care of trees, and is critical of inappropriate techniques such as ringbarking highlighted today in Titirangi. 
 
Seth Thompson, NZ Arb President, says the organisation encourages Councils to proactively ensure the protection of trees in an urban environment.
 

Kiwi Arboricultural Champions Recognised

Written by NZ Arb on October 29th, 2015.      164 comments

Media release: 29 October 2015
  
The recent 2015 Asplundh New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) conference and Husqvarna National Tree Climbing Championships in Nelson saw national champions announced and industry stalwarts celebrated. 
 

DMM Product Recall

Written by DMM on October 16th, 2015.      8 comments

DMM are issuing a product recall, subject to user inspection. This document (PDF below) details the products that are affected by the recall and contains instructions to identify whether or not an affected product should be returned to DMM.
 

National TCC 2015

Written by NZ Arb on October 9th, 2015.      6 comments

On 2-3 October New Zealand’s best tree climbers gathered in sunny Nelson for the annual Husqvarna/NZ Arb National Tree Climbing Championship.
 

The Other Inconvenient Truth

Written by Primary ITO on September 29th, 2015.      6 comments

On the 8th of September, the world marked International Literacy Day. The day provides a time to reflect on a troublesome and stubborn reality. At least 40% of the New Zealand population will have trouble reading this publication. That percentage is confirmed by repeated international surveys. A similar percentage will not have the numeracy skills to complete a tax return or confidently manage their daily finances.
 

NZ Arb Proud to Announce Treetools New Zealand as the Official Gear Sponsor

Written by NZ Arb on September 23rd, 2015.      22 comments

Treetools have supplied the tree care industry for over 30 years. The roots can be found in silviculture, horticulture and viticulture but today Treetools concentrates purely on safety equipment, climbing and rigging gear and pruning hand tools for aerial arboriculture. 
 

New Practitioners' Stream at the 2015 Conference

Written by on September 15th, 2015.      13 comments

This year for the first time ever the Conference will offer a stream catering specifically to practicing Arborists. Day one will be four sessions on topics like Good Practice for Working with Cranes and Methodology for Teaching Rigging. Day two will include a workshop for practitioners with Mark Chisholm.
 

NZQA has published new qualifications

Written by NZ Arb on September 11th, 2015.      65 comments

NZQA has released the following new qualifications.
 
 
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