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Ron Flook Award - Call For Nominations

Written by NZArb Association on July 13th, 2017.      0 comments

The NZ Arboricultural Assoc. (NZ Arb) is calling for nominations for the 2017 Ronald Flook Award.

This NZ Arb Award was established in 1993. The Award is to elevate and recognise high standards of practice in Arboriculture, including tree raising, tree health and management, and amenity tree protection or design. The recipient will have demonstrated exceptional management of trees, whether functional or aesthetic in any stage of development.

The NZ Arb have named this award after well-known, Nelson-based Landscape Architect Ron Flook for his tireless 
contribution to Arboriculture in New Zealand through the Notable Trees Scheme and the development of the Standard Tree Evaluation Method (STEM). The award also recognises the standard of his professional work and the way he used trees as significant features in his landscape designs.

The successful nominee receives the gift of a bone carving and loan of the trophy for one year, together with a cheque for $500.

Nominations are to be received before 30th August 2017 and should be sent to:

The Administration Officer (Ron Flook Award)
NZ Arboricultural Association
PO Box 1193, Nelson, 7010

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.