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Consultation on the forestry and wood processing industry transformation plan


21 December 2022

We released the summary of submissions today.

Summary of submissions [PDF, 2.6 MB]

30 November 2022

Background to this consultation

The draft Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) was issued for consultation on 19 August 2022. It proposed a vision and actions to transform the forestry and wood processing sector. The aim of the transformation is to maximise the value the sector generates for New Zealand.

The consultation closed on 30 September 2022.

Consultation document

Draft 'Forestry and wood processing industry transformation plan' [PDF, 5.8 MB]

Related information

One-page summary of the draft 'Forestry and wood processing industry transformation plan' [PDF, 112 KB]

Summary of the draft industry transformation plan (2.27) – YouTube

PowerPoint presentation on the draft plan [PDF, 2.9 MB]

What was proposed?

The aims of the draft plan were to encourage the sector to process more logs and wood residues onshore, leading to an increase in value-added wood products and residues necessary for the growing bioeconomy.

The plan included proposals to:

  • help New Zealand capitalise on new technologies so that we can process the lower grades of logs, which we typically export into higher value products
  • promote new high-paid jobs in the regions, support economic growth, and produce greater amounts of woody residues
  • support New Zealand's goals to lower emissions in construction, transport, and in sectors that rely on coal
  • support the development of biochemicals, bioplastics, and biopharmaceuticals
  • diversify our plantation forests to enable us to produce new products, find new markets, and build the sector's resilience.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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