The wood industry
The New Zealand wood industry is based around sustainably managed exotic plantation forests of mostly radiata pine and Douglas fir, which cover approximately seven percent of the country’s land area. New Zealand only accounts for just over one percent of the world’s total supply of industrial wood, and 1.3 percent of forest products, but supplies almost 20 percent of the Asia-Pacific forest products by value. Wood products are our third largest export earner behind dairy and meat. The industry contributes an annual gross income of around $5 billion to the country (three percent of the GDP), and employs 20,000 people. Wood production volumes are expected to increase significantly in the next decade as forests reach maturity. These forests are also central to the country’s response to climate change, and contribute a host of environmental and social benefits.
Above: Internal stairwell, Government Buildings, Wellington.
Below: The atrium ceiling at Auckland Art Gallery.