An increase in wood availability after 2016 for the Southern North Island will lead to increased opportunities for the sector, say the authors of the latest wood availability forecast report.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry today released its Southern North Island Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts Report showing a possible increase in annual wood availability from 1.3 million cubic metres to 3.5 million cubic metres after 2021.
The forecasts show that a gradual increase in wood availability from 1.3 million cubic metres to 1.7 million cubic metres per year is possible over the next few years. After 2015, there is potential for the regional harvest to increase from that level of about 1.7 million cubic metres to around 3.5 million cubic metres after 2021.
MAF Policy Advisor Geoff Cameron says the report aims to assist forestry industries, planning practitioners, and infrastructure and service providers in planning resources, assess opportunities and identify issues related to the availability of wood.
Grow Wellington’s Primary Sector Manager Geoff Copps says: "Maximising the value of this sustainable resource will have benefits across the Wellington region in terms of jobs, port viability and will have a positive impact on our sustainability credentials.
"Wellington has the opportunity to be the focal point for the Southern North Island for the timber industry but we need to be proactive now as long-term planning is required,’’ he says.
"Grow Wellington is working with MAF, industry groups and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to develop options for increasing the proportion of the forest resource that is processed in the region and ensure that the region’s infrastructure, physical, regulatory and human resources, are able to cater for the increased flow.’’
The Southern North Island Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts Report is one of a series of publications on regional forestry industries and wood availability forecasts produced by MAF.
It provides new wood availability forecasts and associated commentary for the region, covering the period 2008 to 2040, and outlines opportunities and constraints facing the region's forest industries.