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1 April 2003 - For immediate release
A report recently published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry shows
New Zealand's planted production forests covered 1.81 million hectares as at
The National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) report shows the central North
Island has 577,400 hectares of planted forests - 32 percent of the national
forest area. The forests in the central North Island region are the country's
most mature, currently producing more than half of New Zealand's wood supply.
Other regions with significant areas of maturing forest are located in
Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, the southern North Island, Nelson and
Marlborough, and Otago and Southland.
New Zealand's production forests are dominated by radiata pine, which makes
up 1.62 million hectares, or 89 percent of the area.
About 67 percent of the radiata pine planted forest estate is, or is expected
to be, pruned. The area of pruned radiata pine approaching harvestable age is
increasing. Currently around one million hectares of the pruned radiata pine
estate is 25 years old or younger.
Over the last three years the rate of new planting has declined below the
long-term average rate. The area of new planting in 2001 was 30,100 hectares and
it is provisionally estimated that 23,200 hectares were planted in 2002. The
average new planting rate over the last 30 years has been 43,500 hectares per
year. Between 1992 and 1998 New Zealand experienced high afforestation rates.
During these six years planting rates averaged 69,000 hectares per year.
In addition to new planting, 35,800 hectares of harvested area was replanted
in 2000, making total planting 69,100 hectares. The area of restocking is
expected to continue to increase in line with forecast increases in future
Full details on New Zealand's planted forests are
available in A National Exotic Forest Description as at 1 April 2002, on
For further information contact:
Paul Lane, Team Leader, Statistics, MAF Policy. Phone 04 498-9826 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Judith Dennis, senior analyst, Forestry Statistics Section, Policy Information Group, MAF Policy. Phone 04 498-9825, Email: email@example.com