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The draft Forestry and wood processing industry transformation plan was released for consultation on 19 August 2022.
It proposes a vision and actions to transform the forestry and wood processing sector.
Submissions close on 30 September 2022.
How to have your say
We have provided a survey link below which will support you to make a quick submission on the ITP. For anyone who wishes to provide us longform thoughts, we recommend you send an email to ForestryWoodProcessingITP@mpi.govt.nz.
One-page summary of the draft plan [PDF, 112 KB]
Powerpoint presentation on the draft plan [PDF, 2.9 MB]
Summary of the data that supports the draft Forestry ITP [XLSX, 301 KB]
The draft plan proposes a vision and actions to transform the forestry and wood processing sector.
Video: About the draft plan and consultation (2.27)
[Video opens to graphics of the ITP. Shows drone footage of plantation forestry]
Narrator: "Our forests are our largest renewable resource and trees are vital for a sustainable low-emissions economy.
[Video shows a machine harvesting operator before cutting to shots of a mill processing wood]
"However, we have work to do. Our harvest has doubled over the past decade, but we still only process the same volume – meaning we export significantly more logs to other countries for them to add value to.
[Shots move to a truck and train transporting logs to the port.]
[Bark is shown being processed into biochemicals]
"We can capture this value here.
[Processed wood is shown in a rack and being put on a truck for freighting.]
"We can be a world leading producer and exporter of high-value wood-fibre products.
[Video cuts to drone footage of a sawmill, before showing the computers and a person controlling the mill.]
"But we need to process more wood fibre here onshore. We need to invest in new wood processing infrastructure to expand the range of wood we can process.
[Trees are shown on a hill with blue sky above before showing a truck dumping sawdust on a big pile. The next shot is the final product of wood pellets.]
"New Zealand can also be a global leader in meeting our climate change commitments by replacing fossil-fuel derived materials and fuels with alternatives made from trees.
[Cut to shot of 2 people tightening a bolt on an engineered wood frame and then buildings being made with the wood products.]
"New technologies are expanding what we can produce from wood fibre. Wood can be engineered to build tomorrow's high-rise buildings, replacing higher-emissions construction which come from other materials,
[Cars, trains, and planes appear on-screen.]
"Biofuels can replace coal, and power, planes, ships, and cars.
[Shot of a lab technician making biochemicals]
"And advanced biochemicals and bioplastics are tomorrow's low carbon materials.
[Footage is shown of the Beehive in Wellington, then logs and a person talking on a radio.]
"The transformation of the forestry and wood processing sector to achieve this vision will require government, Māori, industry, and the workforce to work together in partnership to enhance and refine the supply chain. It will require substantial and sustained investment and commitment from government and industry.
[Two people are shown among a stand of eucalyptus trees].
"Done right, there'll be a wider mix of trees grown.
[Footage of a worker being trained to operate computer machine, before cutting to sawmill b-roll]
"There will be more skilled workers in forests and mills, and new jobs in our rural towns.
[Footage of Tu Wharetoa event and then an office scene.]
"Maori will be stronger players, using their knowledge, investment and workforce to benefit their communities.
[Trees are shown and then a ship with processed timber is shown being loaded.]
"And so we will grow our capacity and value as a key exporter of wood to the world.
[The video closes with text graphics of information about the consultation and how to give feedback.]
[End of video and transcript]
"The forestry and wood processing sector generates more value for New Zealand, is a key pillar of our regional communities, and underpins New Zealand’s low-emissions economy."
The draft plan aims to support us to make better use of our forestry resources by processing more wood onshore, producing more high-value wood products, and using residues to grow the forest-based bioeconomy. This will:
- create more higher-paid jobs
- build resilience in the sector, and
- support our climate change goals.
The draft plan is based around 4 priority areas.
- Growing sustainable forests for our future.
- Modernising and expanding the wood processing sector.
- Growing and diversifying domestic and export markets.
- Improving system settings for a thriving sector.
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service partnered with a range of groups to inform the draft plan, including:
- Forestry and Wood Processing ITP advisory group
- Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group
- Farm Foresters Association
- Forest Owners Association
- Wood Processing and Manufacturing Association
- Bioenergy Association
- New Zealand Institute of Forestry
- Ngā Pou a Tāne
- New Zealand Timber Industry Federation.
Some actions in the draft plan are already under way as funding was available.
One of these, a new industry advisory service (the Timber Design Centre), was launched in March 2022. The centre gives advice on timber use in the design and construction of buildings. Its focus is on structures such as offices, hotels, and multi-storey apartments.
We have partnered with an advisory group to help develop the Forestry and wood processing industry transformation plan. The group is made up of leaders representing the industry, workforce, science institutions, and Māori. The group meets regularly to discuss the objectives of the plan and the policy options to achieve them.
Lees Seymour, who has decades of experience in the sector and is the managing director of the Nelson Consulting Group, is independent group chair of the advisory group. Other members are:
- Bruce Habgood – convenor of the Engineering, Infrastructure and Extractives Industry Council, E tū
- Clayton Harris – chief executive, Carter Holt Harvey
- Daniel Gudsell – founding director, Abodo Wood
- David Turner – executive director, Sequal Lumber
- Dean Satchell – land management advisor, Northland Regional Council
- Florian Graichen – general manager, Forest to Biobased Products, Scion
- Jon Ryder – chief executive officer, Oji Fibre Solutions
- Kent Chalmers – market and logistics manager, City Forests
- Louisa Jones – assistant general secretary, First Union
- Marty Verry – group chief executive, Red Stag Timber, Red Stag Forests, Red Stag Wood Solutions
- Megan Struthers – associate director, business development, New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited
- Robert Green – managing director, Australasia Timberland Operations, Hancock Natural Resources Group
- Te Kapunga Dewes – Te To (chief executive), Whenua Oho
- Tony Haworth – investment manager, Te Taurapa Tūhono New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
- Vanessa Eparaima – director of CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd, chair of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
For more information about the reports, email ForestryWoodProcessingITP@mpi.govt.nz
- Investment in the use of commercial forest biomass to move New Zealand towards carbon-zero [PDF, 7.1 MB]
This research report (Stage 1 of the Wood Fibre Futures Project) looks into wood processing and biofuel opportunities in NZ. (September 2020)
- New Zealand Wood Fibre Futures Project – Stage 2 final main report [PDF, 9.2 MB]
Proposes how various types of wood processing and biofuel plants might be established in NZ from 2024 to 2040, and how the government might encourage investment in plants. (April 2022)
- Analysis of access to innovation facilities [PDF, 1.1 MB]
An analysis of access to innovation facilities in a range of sectors including forestry and wood processing. Co-funded by MBIE. (Sapere, 2021)
- An analysis of the logistical options for improving log supply conditions for processors in Northland and other regions facing supply constraints [PDF, 1.7 MB]
Economic modelling and options to improve the economics of log supply in wood-constrained regions such as Northland. (Forme Consulting Group, 2019)
- Carbon footprint of New Zealand buildings [PDF, 402 KB]
A report measuring the embodied carbon benefits (emissions of a building during its lifespan) of increasing the number of timber buildings in NZ. (PLT Structural Consultants, 2021)
- Comparative economic analysis of pruned and structural products throughout the forest supply chain [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Explores the economics of pruned timber. Suggests further areas of research and highlights issues that prevent more widespread pruning.
- Managing a steady base flow of log supply to Northland mills and other supply constrained regions, through warehousing models [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Looks at a range of issues around log supply. Explores the aggregation of wood supply using warehousing models to improve certainty of log flow, particularly from small growers. (Scion, 2019)
- Review of precompetitive activities in key forest products exporting countries [PDF, 5.9 MB]
An assessment of approaches used by main international wood exporting countries to support their sectors to be competitive. Includes in-country and international support. (Indufor, August 2021)
- Wood manufacturing clusters international case studies [PDF, 5.8 MB]
This report reviews the experiences of 13 countries that are taking very different approaches in adding value to their forestry resource, centred on regional clustering.
Who to contact
If you have questions about the programme or advisory group, email ForestryWoodProcessingITP@mpi.govt.nz