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

Written by NZArb Association on October 4th, 2017.      0 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.


NZ Arb Annual Conference 2017 - Register Now!

Written by on July 6th, 2017.      0 comments


A Biosecurity Risk for New Zealand, Myrtle Rust

Written by on April 5th, 2017.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 comments

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


Save Notable Trees In Christchurch

Written by on January 28th, 2016.      1 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 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.      0 comments

NZQA has released the following new qualifications.
Encouraging, fostering, improving and educating in all aspects of arboriculture throughout New Zealand.