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Growing the potential of NZ’s forestry sector in partnership

2 July 2024

Forestry Minister, Todd McClay, has announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector.

“This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting our GDP and providing regional jobs in a highly productive sector.”

The Government’s vision to grow the forestry sector includes:

  1. Spurring economic growth through jobs and exports; 
  2. Delivering low emission solutions and products;
  3. Supporting land use resilience, adaptation, biodiversity & social benefits; and 
  4. Providing carbon removals to support climate goals. 

The Government will be introducing a package of initiatives during the course of this parliamentary term to support industry growth and to deliver positive outcomes across the forestry and wood processing value chain.

“This includes working with the industry to increase onshore wood processing, opening new and improving access to existing trading markets, supporting sensible planting, easing burdensome regulations, enabling and supporting the development of new and innovative wood products, adjusting investment settings and supporting New Zealand’s climate change goals.

“Nearly 60% of New Zealand’s harvest is exported. Increasing our domestic processing will grow the economy, create more regional jobs and help us double our exports by value in 10 years.

“Alongside domestic reforms, the Government is working to expand access to overseas markets for producers to export high-quality wood products, also by addressing non-tariff barriers. This will provide the market certainty wood processors need to expand and innovate.”

The Government is also considering how to get the balance right for New Zealand’s wider forestry system.

“It is important to ensure there is sufficient pipeline of logs to support domestic wood processing as well as encouraging the planting of new trees on suitable land to meet our international climate change commitments,” says Mr McClay.

An independent review of the operational costs of the forestry component in the ETS was launched earlier this year and will be followed up with a separate assessment of cost recovery fees to be considered for the 2024/25 financial year.

“We want to ensure the ETS is cost-effective and efficient for participants. We are also working swiftly to remove unnecessary regulatory burden on forest businesses, recently announcing the repeal of legislation requiring the registration of log traders and forestry advisers. This will remove the pressures of unnecessary costs on forest businesses.”

Source: NZ Government

WPMA’s response to announcement

‘With only 40% of New Zealand’s harvested trees processed within New Zealand, this announcement by the Minister provides a positive way forward to grow our domestic processing, create more jobs in the regions and increase our export revenue through producing high quality value-added wood products,’ said Mark Ross, Chief Executive of the wood processors and manufacturers association.

Specific initiatives for wood processing and manufacturing announced include mandating resource consenting for new and established site developments to a 1-year maximum, removal of unnecessary barriers for using New Zealand wood products, opening export markets for wood products, and development of a scheme that recognises the critical role Long Life Harvested Wood Products play in the storage of carbon.

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Source: WPMA (Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of NZ)

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