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
The unpopular tree sucking carbon from our air

Pinus Radiata sequesters carbon at a much higher rate in NZ than much-preferred native trees. So scientists propose an unconventional solution to get the best of both.

1 week ago

Architects make mass timber usable, but it is the men and women who sustainably manage and care for our forests who make it possible. See how it's truly a team effort turning buildings into climate ... See more

1 week ago
The future of our forests

Native forest once covered most of Aotearoa in a great green swathe, heaving with biodiversity. Two-thirds fell to fire, axe and bulldozer during a botanical Blitzkrieg the like of which the world ... See more

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

Prize winners for our colouring competition Kaimata School. Good effort kids! Hope you enjoy some wood products. Thanks to G J Sole for judging

1 week ago

Bit of light reading here for anyone interested. Beef + Lamb NZ social economic report into Afforestation in Wairoa. Compiled by Baker ... See more

1 week ago
Forest Industry Contractors Association - FICA

Media Statement
6 September 2019
Foresters welcome risk based Standards for freshwater management
Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir says Forest Owners and Farm Foresters welcome the ... See more

1 week ago
The Young Giant Kaingaroa | Short Film | NZ On Screen

An oldie but a goodie. Happy one hundred years of the NZ Forest Service.

The Young Giant Kaingaroa - The ‘Young Giant’ is Kaingaroa Forest: the largest plantation in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the largest exotic forests in the world. 1,300 square kilometres ... See more

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Photos from Southern North Island Wood Council's post

Had a great day hosting FICA around some of our workplaces...thanks to Forest Enterprises and Forest Industry Contractors Association - FICA for working in with our regions and workers. Thanks to ... See more

1 week ago
The Renewable Resource Making A Comeback

Renewability and sustainability aspects of wood have experts signalling it as a next-generation construction material.

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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.

Forestry career videos