Press Releases

January 21, 2019

Fact or Fiction?

Summing up the recent media claims that a silviculture planter will earn $400 a day to plant trees would concur with the famous saying one never lets the truth get in the way of a good story. Unfortunately, the inaccuracy of the reporting has the forestry industry sector up in arms as well as a flow of people wanting to get into the industry on false presences that they can earn themselves a significant wage package of $2000 per week for five days work. The quote of 60c a tree was, the average figure a forest owner pays a Silviculture contractor and out of that the contractor will be taking out overheads, management costs, logistics, transport, quality control and staff to deliver trees to the planters on site. This leaves approximately 50% to go to paying wages to their crews and if they are lucky to cover the costs of ongoing training and compliance that the industry and government agencies demand of the contractor to remain a good employer.


As an experienced silviculture planter there is certainly the ability to earn above the average weekly package but there are factors that can change this very easily like the terrain and weather conditions that they are planting in at the time.


The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) have been working with this sector for the last twelve months as Silviculture Contractors were put under the spotlight following the release of a report in 2017 from MBIE which focused on employee exploitation and recognised serious concerns that employees within the sector were particularly vulnerable. The Silviculture Action Group have come along way in their discussions on solutions to improve the sector as it faces challenges with labour, with work conditions and with the seasonality of the task. This year they will be aiming to put in place some initiatives that will assist and support a better environment and a more sustainable sector.


With the government initiative of the Billion Tree plant the industry is looking at this as a positive opportunity to increase awareness of forestry in New Zealand and all that it offers with respect to employment, economic outcomes and carbon credit contributions. FICA encourages anyone wanting to enter the industry to do so through a reputable contracting company that can demonstrate a history of good employment practices or has achieved Safetree Contractor Certification.


Our contractors are good employers who are offering genuine opportunities within forestry and now is the time to take advantage of that in a very positive industry.

December 19, 2018

Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) have stepped up to take the lead in the facilitation of a Silvicultural Action Group (SAG), A meeting was held last week after a culmination of work that has been going on for the last year. The group is a collective of contractors, forest owners and government agencies who have showed an appetite to work together to build a credible and sustainable silvicultural industry sector.

October 06, 2018

Media Statement 5 October 2018


Forest Practice Guides launched


The Forest Owners Association has today launched a series of 28 Forest Practice Guides. The Guides are a joint venture between the forest sector and MPI and were initiated as part of the implementation of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) which came into force on 1 May.

June 19, 2018

Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has asked for calmness in the wake of recent storm events on the East Coast. The organisation that represents the interests of all silviculture, logging and roading contractors throughout NZ, fully sympathises with neighbours who have been impacted, but stresses Contractors have been doing an acceptably good job logging difficult country.


Logging contractors are willing and able to help in whatever way they can to be “good neighbours” and assist in the clean-up, which is already well underway.

May 28, 2018

To help the forestry industry learn and become safer, WorkSafe has agreed to share information about forestry fatalities.


WorkSafe’s investigations into the incidents are continuing and they will inform us of any other key issues or trends as they come to light in the investigations. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

May 10, 2018

The Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir says Shane Jones’ just announced Advisory group has the right mix of forest industry background and experience to take the industry forward into potentially vast expansion in the decades ahead.

April 23, 2018

Silviculture Contractors the Focus for SAG

After an initial meeting in February which brought a group of passionate forest industry representatives together, a national silviculture action group (SAG) has been initiated. This was in response to the serious misconducts of some Silviculture Contractors who were identified as a result of various MBIE investigations last year, which has now resulted in several facing legal action.

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