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


4 days ago
Earth's 'lungs' could start deteriorating in as little as two decades

We've relied on plants to take in much of our carbon dioxide, but a "fascinating and terrifying" new study raises questions.

5 days ago
Institute of Foresters of Australia

A perfect example of the beauty we see in forestry on a daily basis. The moon is setting here over the Beerburrum plantations, with a backdrop of Glasshouse Mountains. Also notice the puzzle of ... See more

6 days ago

Stanley Archibald SNI Wood Council scholarship recipient for 2020 on holiday work with Farman Turkington Forestry. Felled his first tree. Stoked!

6 days ago

Job Vacancy - Harvest Manager Wairarapa

Forest Enterprises is a leading forestry investment company that manages 65+ forestry Investments on behalf of more than 6,600 individual investors ... See more

1 week ago

Not too late to enrol in Canterbury University "Bachelor of Forestry Science" or "Bachelor of Forest Engineering". Still 100% employment boasted from these degrees.

1 week ago
McCarthy Transport


We are looking for professional, fully qualified Class 4 or 5 driver's to join a progressive logging truck company with a great culture and attitude to health and safety.
The ... See more

1 week ago
Wanaka teenager a forestry scholar - NZ Herald

Last year Maude Rogers decided she wanted a career in forestry science.

1 week ago
Kyoto University develops world's first wooden satellite in bid to reduce space waste

Researchers from Kyoto University are developing a satellite made from wood that would burn up completely at the end of its life to reduce the amount of human-made waste floating in space.

2 weeks ago
World Forestry Center

When #society and #forests are in balance, each can flourish. When they are not, both suffer. Today, major forces are shifting this balance: an ever-growing population, a changing climate, ... See more

4 weeks ago
Nixin Contractors Ltd


Well, that's a wrap for 2020, everything is loaded out and the machines have been washed down. The bloody Sumi scrubbed up well, given it's spent probably 80% of it's life shovelling hauler ... 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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