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


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3 weeks ago
Photos from Southern North Island Wood Council's post

Great day out to view farm forestry with legend Denis Hocking and cable hauler with Ray McDougall. Time to clean your shoes Cullinane College, Wanganui and Whanganui High School. Thanks to McDougall ... See more

1 month ago
Introducing Fred the Forester

Great stuff....love your work Kim if you want to purchase books visit fredtheforester.co.nz

Eastland Wood Council is sponsoring 500 children's story books into the kura and schools of Tairawhiti, and the HB Williams Library. Fred the Forester Discovers – Where do the Pine Trees Go? will ... See more

1 month ago

Can you spot a good book at our local bookstore??

1 month ago
Oregon Forest Resources Institute - OFRI

New Zealand not too bad either....😊

Forests are one of the largest terrestrial stores of carbon, and Pacific Northwest forests are among the greatest sequesterers of carbon on Earth, due to their fast growth rates and the potential to ... See more

1 month ago
PHIL TAYLOR: Foresters wary of new govt

Are we weary? Or wary?

Our forest industry is more apprehensive about a Labour-led government this time, than it was last time.That’s not because we doubt our future. We are con...

1 month ago
Photos from Southern North Island Wood Council's post

Thanks to Central Hawke's Bay College for hosting us at their Careers Day last week. Bit of drone flying, and log truck action showed the locals how we roll. Plenty of caps and water bottles made ... See more

1 month ago
NZ Election 2020: Forestry industry says Labour and National's policies 'disappointing'

Industry leaders say comments by politicians in both parties are unfounded and negative.

1 month ago
Safetree - You are the key

Great story in the Rotorua Daily Post/NZ Herald online this week about Safetree Toroawhi Richard Stringfellow and an extension to the Toroawhi pilot! The article focused on the work the Toroawhi are ... See more

1 month ago
Forest Industry Contractors Association - FICA

News media statement

13 October 2020

Forest industry says main political parties abandon forest industry at economic and environmental cost

The Labour and National parties’ policies on ... See more

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Coronavirus Disruption

Southern North Island Wood Council is communicating with members about the current market conditions in New Zealand and effects on our contractors and companies.

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Wood Council Awards 2020 cancelled

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All 2020 School Events cancelled

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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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