Welcome to the ​Southern North Island Wood Council, providing a collective voice for the forestry sector in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Tararua and Wellington.


8 hours ago
Root & Branch: What trees can and can’t do to address the climate change crisis

We can’t just stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere, we need to start taking it out, too

8 hours ago
World Forestry Center

Outside Magazine looks for a sturdy and renewable building material that could help curb climate change while giving us more calming and aesthetically pleasing spaces in which to live, work, and ... See more

2 days ago
Cultural values important to forest stakeholders

Māori and non- Māori value different aspects of plantation forestry, which owners should bear in mind if they want to maximise their social licence to operate, a new study shows.

2 days ago
New college from international partnership

Hopefully this will mean more Forestry Graduates coming for our sector

Three years of cooperative effort have paid off, with the University of Auckland today joining forces with Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) in China, to partner in a new college approved by the ... See more

3 days ago
New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Comment from Euan Mason:

I've read the original study and I see no major problems with it. It's well known that periodically harvested forest has a lower long-term average C storage than unharvested ... See more

3 days ago
Forestry not farmings enemy: Wood council

The sheep and beef industry feels under siege but forestry is not...

4 days ago
NZ Wood Industry – Zero Carbon – And We Can Prove It

If New Zealand’s ambition is to be a zero carbon economy by 2050 then it must nurture its wood industry. Many industries claim to be driving towards lower emissions but none have the low carbon ... See more

4 days ago
Project looks at carbon farming for Māori landowners

Waro Project looks at Māori decision making processes around native forest regeneration.

4 days ago
Forest Industry Contractors Association - FICA

Save the date!

Te Uru Rākau, along with the support of Ministry of Social Development, Immigration, the Labour Inspectorate, FICA and Forest Owners Association, is in the process of planning the ... See more

5 days ago
Forest Enterprises

Scion’s resident Science communicator Dr Michelle Harnett has busted a few forestry myths.
Myth: Pine forests are mono-cultures and bad for bird life and ecosystems.
Fact: Planted forests are ... See more

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Workshop Invitation
Small Grower Harvesting Research
  • Date: Friday 2 August 2019
  • Location: Cedar Room, Feilding Civic Centre, 84 Aorangi Street, Feilding.
  • Time: 8.30am till 1pm
  • Lunch and morning tea provided.

The Small and Medium Enterprise Committee of NZ Forest Owners Association has obtained funds from the NZ Forest Grower Levy Trust to initiate harvesting research for small-scale forest growers.

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Wood Council members in this region:

  • Own or manage about 164,000 hectares of forest;

  • Are involved with 3 Regional Councils and 17 District or City Councils;

  • Employ about 1050 people in a range of jobs;

  • Produced about 1.7 million tonnes of logs in 2015;

  • Generated about $187 million worth of log sales revenue;

  • Underpin a further 2200 jobs in wood processing;

  • Have over 5500 stakeholders.

What we do

  1. Enable health & safety initiatives for members and support programmes and wellbeing in the sector.
  2. Provide a common focus that represents the view of its members and the industry as a whole.
  3. Take a proactive role in improving our regions perceptions of the forest industries.
  4. Have a role in influencing industry employment and quality training with a special focus on careers information for schools and school leavers.
  5. Ensure the industry adheres to best practice guidelines. ​
  6. Contribute to regional foundation plans to ensure infrastructure is well equipped to support the industry.

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