The wood in­dus­try

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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.

Photo: Alexander Turn­bull Li­brary.

Above: In­ter­nal stair­well, Govern­ment Build­ings, Welling­ton.

Photo: Natalie Slade.

Be­low: The atrium ceil­ing at Auck­land Art Gallery.

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