Tachikawa/Lumbercube site: Timeline of events

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Lumbercube site.  Photo/Stephen Parker
Lumbercube site. Photo/Stephen Parker

1989 - 2013: Tachikawa Mill in operation on the Vaughan Rd site

October 2013: Tachikawa Forest Products placed into receivership, 130 jobs lost.

February 2014: Tachikawa site put on market by receivers KordaMentha.


May/June 2015: Lumbercube Ltd granted consent for $1.3 million worth of internal operations on the site.

September 2015: Lumbercube starts operating.

December 2015: Noise complaints start to hit headlines with Lumbercube owners saying they are doing everything possible to solve the issue.

February 2016: Facebook group Eastside Residents Action Group set up by those unhappy with the noise, total number of complaints at 420.


March 2016: Lumbercube starts operating night shift, more than 650 noise complaints received by the council to date.

April 2016: A protest outside the mill by those worried about noise. More than 1300 complaints received.


May 2016: The company which owns Lumbercube - the Pedersen Group - bought out by Auckland-based investment company Maui Capital.

June 9, 2016: Rotorua Lakes Council releases agreed noise management plan with Lumbercube and says a decision whether to take further action will be made by July 21.

June 30, 2016: Pederson Group announces it will close down Lumbercube.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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