Forestry

Forestry production and trade statistics detail the production, trade, and other forestry activities in New Zealand.


What forestry means to New Zealand

While New Zealand is a small player in the international forestry industry, (1.1% of the world's total supply of industrial wood and 1.3% of the world's trade in forest products), forestry is a significant industry in New Zealand. It contributes an annual gross income of around $5 billion, 3% of New Zealand's GDP, and directly employs around 20,000 people. Wood products are New Zealand's third largest export earner – behind dairy and meat.

The industry is based around sustainably managed exotic plantation forests, covering 1.751 million hectares – about 7% – of New Zealand's land area. Radiata pine (Pinus radiata) makes up 90% of the exotic plantation area, with Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) accounting for 6%, and the rest made up of eucalyptus and other species.

The sector is entering an exciting new phase, as forests planted in recent decades reach maturity, increasing production volumes. Forests are also at the centre of New Zealand's climate change response efforts, and there is also increasing realisation of the environmental and social benefits delivered by forests.

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Many statistics are also available in CSV format, email stats_info@mpi.govt.nz for copies or for other questions on the published statistics.

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