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


6 days ago
Build with wood – a boon for jobs and the environment

Good on you Tom!

When wood products manufacturing is taken from raw logs to finished products, a high number New Zealanders are employed.

6 days ago
Forest regulations put Ernslaw One expansion projects on hold

Potential powers the government is seeking labelled 'absurd ' by Ernslaw One boss.

1 week ago
Photographs show successful regeneration in Tiromoana Bush

Photographs taken in North Canterbury's Tiromoana Bush over 15 years show how successfully the bush is regenerating.

1 week ago
Forestry reform bill 'cumbersome and unworkable' - industry

There has been scathing criticism of the government's latest forestry reforms at a parliamentary select committee.

1 week ago
Future Foresters NZ

Our trees start with science. Every forest has a beginning & a beginner. Future Foresters meet with the women behind Timberlands nursery in Rotorua!

#FutureForesters #LetsClearTheAir

1 week ago
NZ export port CEOs highly critical of Shane Jones' forestry Bill

Port chief executives highly critical of Shane Jones' proposed forestry legislation.

1 week ago

Bedtime story maybe Minister Jones?? Try fred the forester! Fredtheforester.co.nz

1 week ago
Forestry reforms a risk to investor confidence - Timberlands

New rules are being rushed through Parliament.

1 week ago
Protection for sawmills welcomed

Wood processors delighted by moves to deter log exports.

1 week ago
Forestry Bill costly and burdensome — National

Well at least someone agrees this bill is a bad idea.....

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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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