Plantation forestry is a well-established and significant part of the Northland economy due to the region's warm climate, rainfall and fertile soils.
Northland has a strong exotic timber harvest. It produces logs with higher density than other regions, offering superior timber for structural and laminated veneer products, as well as an opportunity for new processing options to exploit its supply of wood fibre.
The wood produced in Northland has an unrivalled reputation for being the highest density - and therefore the strongest - wood in New Zealand. This density is mainly due to Northland’s warmer climate, which allows trees to grow consistently all year round.
The forestry industry in Northland predominantly utilises radiata pine - a versatile timber, suitable for a wide range of end uses, from structural to high quality interior finishing and furniture. Globally there are shortages of pine projected.
There are several processing plants in the region, meaning reliable employment opportunities in both harvesting and processing.There is a large resident labour pool, and advanced primary industry techniques are taught through vocational training programme.
Northland is also well connected to local and global markets. Northport is New Zealand’s second largest export facility for forestry products, and the closest port to overseas markets in Asia and beyond. New Zealand’s largest local market - Auckland - is readily accessible by land.
Forestry & Wood Processing
→ Northland’s exotic timber harvest grew from 2.6M mᵌ in 2011 to 4.2M mᵌ by 2015.
→ This growth is expected to continue before levelling out at about 3M mᵌ from 2023.
→ Northport is New Zealand's second largest export facility for forest products.
→ Northland has 202,600 ha. of planted forest.
What's happening in the region - Forestry & Wood Processing
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