UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

On Farm Biochar Production for Soil Regeneration and Carbon Sequestration Workshop

Please see below flyer for details.

SUPPORTING THE BIOCHAR NETWORK NEW ZEALAND

Please support the industry organisation ... Biochar Network New Zealand (BNNZ). This organisation provides information and promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing within the industry  bnnz.org.nz .

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PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES 

PROF. STEPHEN JOSEPH SEMINAR - LINCOLN.  

Hosted by Dennis Enright on behalf of BNNZ and sponsored by NZ Biochar.  

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THE AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND BIOCHAR INITIATIVE CONFERENCE                          OCTOBER 2019

Refer to the ANZBC  website https://anzbc.org.au/

Dennis attended this conference on behalf of both NZ Biochar Ltd and BNNZ (an in kind contribution to this organisation). The study tour and conference provided information and great networking opportunities. Key outcomes were that the conference participants see that the "main research results are in" that  support biochars great potential, and that it is up to business to take it forward 

He also presented a brief case history of "Soil Conditioner Products Limited", a business located at Pukekohe that uses high carbon boiler ash (HCBA) biochar.  

INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE ORGANISATION - BIOCHAR NETWORK NEW ZEALAND     14 FEB 2019

NZ Biochar Ltd in collaboration with AllBlackEarth organised the inaugural meeting of Biochar Network New Zealand (BNNZ), an incorporated society to support the biochar industry in NZ. Dennis Enright was elected chairperson.

The following are the objectives of the society: 

The principal object of the society is to promote benefits to the biochar industry and interest groups in New Zealand by creating a positive industry profile and business environment for stakeholder members. This includes:

(a) Promoting to relevant industries, general public, the media, policy makers and Members of Parliament, biochar as a vital material of major social and economic significance to New Zealand.

(b) Representing to the relevant industries, general public, the media, policy makers and Members of Parliament, the common views of the biochar sector on generic issues.

(c) Contracting for the provision of services.

(d) Affiliating with and accept affiliation from any organisation whether established in New Zealand or elsewhere having objects in every respect wholly or in part similar to the objects of the society.

(e) Publishing, printing, circulating or editing any newspaper, magazine, publicity or pamphlet relating to the affairs or objects of the society.

(f) Holding or arranging lectures, exhibitions, public meetings, classes or conferences calculated directly or indirectly to be of benefit to the society or its members.

(g) Supporting the organisation and development of specialised or regional/local groups of biochar related activity within New Zealand.

(h) Generally doing all other things necessary for or incidental or ancillary to the protection, fostering or advancement of the interests of biochar production and use within New Zealand and the attainment of the above-mentioned objects or any of them. The objects set out in clause 3 are separate and distinct objects and no object shall be in any way limited or circumscribed by reference to any other object.

(i) Do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes.


PROJECT  - AN EVALUATION OF THE BENEFITS OF USING  BIOCHAR TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS FROM SOIL CONTAMINANTS FOUND IN SUBURBAN VEGETABLE GARDENS        DUNEDIN NZ       1st Sept 2018

Some suburban home garden soils have toxic levels of contaminants that will potentially be taken up by vegetables and consumed by the home owner. The range of contaminants can be quite varied but usually include; pesticides from previous land use or grower practice such as; DDT insecticide, lead from various sources but particularly from old paint that has flaked or been scraped off buildings, and zinc from galvanised iron.

Biochar has been shown to have potential to mitigate the impact of such soil contaminants and so a small field experiment is planned where various rates of biochar will be applied to garden soils and the leaf material from vegetables grown on these test plots tested to assess any affects.  This project is supported by Mercy Garden South Dunedin (Mercy Parish, Catholic Social Services and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand)

The project has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances..... We hope to continue with it in the future. 


NZ SERIES OF WORKSHOPS FOCUSED ON VINEYARDS AND ORCHARDS.  MAY/JUNE 2018

NZ Biochar Ltd in collaboration with the NZ Biochar Interest Group AllBlackEarth conducted  5 workshops throughout NZ; Cromwell, Nelson, Waihi, Waiuku and Gisborne.

Dennis Enright and Trevor Richards fronted this work. 

We were pleased with the numbers of participants and the positive responses from those attending. 


AUSTRALIAN BIOCHAR CONFERENCE 10 - 12 AUGUST 2017

The Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference was held on August 10-12, 2017 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre and Showgrounds, NSW, Australia. Dennis joined the ANZBC17 organising committee on April 2nd 2017 where committee members located in NZ, Australia and Indonesia meet on Skype to plan this event.

During the conference Dennis presented a paper on Understanding the Role of Biochar in Vineyards, that reported on research results from experimental work conducted at Mt Difficulty Vineyard located at Bannockburn, Central Otago.

And on behalf of The WarmHeart Foundation he also demonstrated making biochar using a T500 trough.

MT DIFFICULTY, OTAGO, NZ MAY 2017

May 12th: Visited Mt Difficulty Wines in Central Otago, NZ to see progress on their Big Roo biochar machine. They are building it themselves based on the concept and plans of Biochar Energy Systems - Russell Burnett Australia. See a Youtube clip of Big Roo in action below.

 

MOSGIEL, OTAGO, NZ MARCH 2017

Conducted a Biochar Workshop in Mosgiel NZ.

MOSGIEL, OTAGO, NZ OCTOBER 2016

October 2016: Just at the initial stages of making biochar in a pit at Mosgiel. Biomass can be continually added until the biochar has built up to near the top of the pit.

 BANNOCKBURN, CENTRAL OTAGO NZ. JUNE 2014 

We completed a 2 year study in June 2014 - Understanding the role of Biochar in Vineyards in collaboration with Ahika Consulting, Grape Vision Ltd and MT Difficulty Wines, with funding from The Sustainable Farming Fund, Ministry for Primary Industries, NZ.  Full document on this website under Publications.


PUKEKOHE,  AUCKLAND  NZ.  FEB 2012

NZ Biochar collaborated in a project with Fiona Curran-Cournane Land and Soil Scientist at Auckland City Council, including supplying the biochar, that focused on Soil quality responses to biochar application under intensive market gardening.

MOSGIEL, OTAGO, NZ JUNE 2010

The initial work on a prototype mobile farm-scale continuous feed pyrolysis machine was completed in our Mosgiel workshop.