Forestry and wood processing data

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

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New Zealand's forests

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Data sets of land used for forestry, yield, log types, and deforestation area.

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Wood processing

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Data sets providing production and stock information of forestry products and an estimate of roundwood removals from New Zealand forests.

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Wood product markets

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Data sets showing the volume and value of forestry imports and exports, and indicative radiata pine log prices.

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Forestry in New Zealand

New Zealand contributes 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 export revenue of around $6.8 billion
  • 1.6% of New Zealand's GDP
  • to the employment of around 35,000 people in production, processing, and commercialisation1

1Human capability in the primary industries data: Part 1, 2002 to 2016 – an overview (March 2019) [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Figures in this overview are based on Ministry for Primary Industries analysis of employment data using the Australia New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes A030, A051, C141, C149, C151, C152, C251, and F3331, covering forestry, processing, manufacturing, and wholesale. The linked report also included 07713, which is fire protection and other emergency services, but this category has been excluded here.


Exotic plantation forests form the base

The industry is based around sustainably managed exotic plantation forests, covering 1.69 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 eucalypts and other species.

New phase about to begin

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. There is also increasing realisation of the environmental and social benefits of forests.

Who to contact

If you have questions about forestry statistics or would like to get them in a CSV format, email stats_info@mpi.govt.nz

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