27 July 2020
A kiwi named Matariki in recognition of Māori New Year has become the 300th chick to be returned to Kaweka Forest Park.
In total, four kiwis were released on Saturday by the Environment, Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust (ECOED) from the predator-free Opouahi Kiwi Creche. The kiwis, one male and three female, were blessed and named by representatives from Maungaharuru-Tangitū, Mana Ahuriri, Ngāti Hineuru and Department of Conservation (DOC). The male was named Matariki and the females were named Hine Reti, Pataka and Kotahitanga.
Each year, 15-25 young chicks are removed from nests in Kaweka Forest Park by ECOED and raised at the predator-free Kiwi Creche for 4-6 months until they are big enough to defend themselves against predators. They are then returned to Kaweka Forest Park.
All predator trapping and kiwi management work is done by dedicated and skilled volunteers. It is the largest community-led kiwi recovery project of its kind in the country, with annual volunteer contribution exceeding 5,000 hours.
ECOED General Manager Kahori Nakagawa says “I take my hat off to all our dedicated volunteers who tirelessly spend their days saving our national icon in challenging terrains and weather. They could be out at dawn and often put in ridiculously long hours in the bush to complete their tasks. It is certainly not for everyone. ECOED is so lucky to have the support of these amazing people. They are the driving forces and each one of them are absolute gems. This milestone is the sheer product of their sweat and blood.”
ECOED currently monitors 20 kiwi in Kaweka to ensure the timely removal of chicks. Last year’s Kiwi Call Count Survey in Kaweka reported a more than 600% increase in the number of calls heard compared to 1984, says Kahori.
“Kaweka kiwi numbers are increasing, although they do get the occasional hammering from predation and still require human intervention for a while yet.”
Pan Pac Forest Products has been the main sponsor of the Kiwi Creche since 2008 and was awarded ‘Community corporate sponsor of the Year’ at the Kiwi Awards last year. The company funds operational expenses and the maintenance of the 3.3km pest-proof fence that encloses the Kiwi Creche. Pan Pac Managing Director Tony Clifford says ECOED and its volunteers have achieved remarkable results over the past 12 years. “It is inspiring to see what can happen when businesses and communities work together to protect and enhance our environment.”
DOC Biodiversity Ranger Kelly Eaton says “Restoring the Hawke’s Bay kiwi population is a long and difficult journey. It has taken the support of many individuals and organisations to reach this goal, their dedication is truly inspirational and we can’t thank them enough”.
Kiwis for kiwi coordinator for eastern brown kiwi Tamsin Ward-Smith says “A huge thanks from Kiwis for kiwi to all involved in reaching the 300th milestone, but especially to those of you who have trudged the hills year after year. It is a credit to you all. It is due to your hard mahi, your passion and perseverance that there are still kiwi left in the Kaweka now. Thank you for ensuring that this precious population thrives”.
By the late 1990s, kiwi numbers had rapidly declined in Hawke’s Bay due to predation by introduced mammals such as ferrets and stoats and local extinction was imminent. The biggest kiwi population was found in Kaweka Forest Park, 50km north west of Napier, with 250 birds thought to exist at the time.
ECOED Trust was set up in 2002 to reverse the decline of Hawke’s Bay kiwi and promote outdoor education for youth. There are now over 500 predator traps in Kaweka Forest Park to protect adult kiwi, but young kiwi chicks are much more susceptible to predation. The 40ha Kiwi Creche was established by ECOED in 2008 with support from DOC, Infinity Foundation, HB Regional Council, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Pan Pac Forest Products and Strata Group.
Sponsors for ECOED’s ‘Save Our Kiwi Hawke’s Bay’ programme include Pan Pac Forest Products, Kiwis for Kiwi Trust, Department of Conservation, Bay Tours, Lottery Community, Napier I-Site, East Kaweka Helicopters, Cobden Garden, Xero and Crombie Lockwood.
Over the last 12 years, more than 18,000 local school children and adults have attended the popular weekly kiwi talk held at the Creche to learn about ECOED’s kiwi restoration efforts.
20 July 2020
The Pan Pac Environmental Trust has been established by Pan Pac following the renewal of their resource consent that authorises the discharge of process wastewater from the Whirinaki mill to Hawke’s Bay in 2019. The Trust adds to Pan Pac’s existing community support and sponsorship initiatives. Pan Pac is contributing up to $100,000 per annum to the Trust. This $100,000 is to be split evenly between the two purposes of the Trust, being the offset of cultural impacts on mana whenua hapū, and to benefit the Hawke’s Bay community by promoting the enhancement, restoration and protection of the environment more generally.
The seven Trustees have been appointed by various stakeholders of Pan Pac. These trustees will be responsible for distributing the funds to projects that will achieve the purposes of the Trust. The Trustees are:
Applications are now open for the 2020 funding round. For further information on the Trust, eligible projects, the groups that qualify for funding under the cultural purpose of the Trust and the application form contact email@example.com
Applications close on 30 September 2020.
28 April 2020
Now that New Zealand is in Alert Level 3, Pan Pac has resumed operations
30 March 2020
Pan Pac is currently closed due to restrictions for non-essential businesses put in place on 25 March by the New Zealand Government. However, customers can still contact the Lumber sales team by email:
5 February 2020
Forest operations, lumber and pulp production at Pan Pac Forest Products are continuing at normal levels. This is despite some other New Zealand forestry companies reducing harvesting of their forests in response to high log inventories at China ports.
Pan Pac harvest 1.5 million tons of logs per year and consumes most of that volume within its sawmill and pulp mill. The arising log grades that are not consumed in the value-adding facilities are sold to other domestic sawmills with only the remaining volume destined for log export markets.
Tony Clifford, CEO of Pan Pac notes:
“The Pan Pac business model is to add value to our forest where we can. Pan Pac strategically has diversity of products and diversity of global markets for all our production output.
“Pan Pac owns and manages 35,000 Ha of Radiata Pine plantations which provide 50% of the supply to our mills. The remaining volume comes from other forests under supply contracts. Inventory of all products are currently at normal levels. We are monitoring the situation in China closely and will manage production volumes if required. The Chinese situation is very uncertain at the moment and, although many companies are closed for the extended Chinese New Year holiday, we have agents and information links into China providing up-to-date first-hand information.”
31 January 2020
Doug Ducker has stepped down as Managing Director (CEO), after 15 years in the top role and 45 years in the business. Mr Ducker joined Pan Pac in December 1974 and, excluding a brief period working in Sydney in 1984, has been with the company ever since.
Initially employed as a process engineer to support the expanding pulpmill operation, Mr Ducker assumed roles covering technical services, environmental management, project development and production management. In October 2004, he became Managing Director of Pan Pac with responsibility for the forestry, sawmilling and pulping operations.
Looking back over his time with Pan Pac, Mr Ducker said he had seen tremendous change in the company over the past 45 years.
“I have been fortunate to work with excellent people from our staff through to our suppliers, contractors, shareholders, iwi and the wider community,” said Mr Ducker. “The time now feels right to pass on my corporate responsibilities and to explore new projects involving family and friends.”
Tony Clifford, existing General Manager – Pulp, has been appointed Managing Director effective 1 February. Mr Clifford has been with Pan Pac for 27 years. Initially employed as an electrical engineer, he has held technical and managerial roles within the company and has been a member of the executive management group for 15 years. Mr Clifford has overseen a $70m upgrade of the pulpmill and the development of markets for BCTMP (pulp) into Asia and beyond.
Pan Pac Forest Products Limited (Pan Pac) was established in 1971 as a joint venture between Carter Consolidated (the predecessor of Carter Holt Harvey Limited), Oji Paper Company Limited and Kokusaku Pulp Company Limited. In 1993, the company became wholly Japanese owned by Oji Paper and Nippon Paper Industries, the two largest pulp and paper producers in Japan. In 2007, Oji purchased Nippon Paper Industries’ share in the business to become the 100% owner of Pan Pac.
Pan Pac retains tree ownership for around 35,000Ha and supports the harvest and utilisation of over 1.5 million tonnes of logs. Pan Pac operates one of New Zealand’s largest sawmills at Whirinaki, with a lumber output of around 500,000 m3/a. The company exports lumber to 17 countries. In 2016, Pan Pac established a second sawmill in Milton, Otago, that currently produces 100,000m3/a. Pan Pac’s pulpmill produces 270,00adt/a which is exported to global board and paper manufacturers. The company employs over 420 permanent staff and around 450 full-time contractors.
Pan Pac is a major supporter of business and industry in the Hawke’s Bay. The company’s sponsorships include the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter, the Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year Award, the Hawke’s Bay Business Awards and Business Hawke’s Bay. Pan Pac sponsors the kiwi creche run by ECOED at Lake Opouahi and supports school and community group initiatives throughout the Hawke’s Bay region.
For information on Pan Pac’s operation as a MHF in relation to the NZ Health and Safety at Work (MHF) regulations 2016, please read our safety case summary handbook: