NZ wood availability forecast updates

Friday 30 Apr 2021

New Zealand’s MPI has contracted Margules Groome Consulting to undertake the update to the Wood Availability Forecasts, and review the existing regional NEFD yield tables.

These forecasts are intended as a planning tool for the forest industry, councils, and infrastructure and service providers. New forecasts are being undertaken for the nine regional wood supply regions and for New Zealand. Further information about forestry and wood processing data are available on the MPI website.

The last WAF was undertaken in 2014, so it is time for a refresh. MPI would like to invite you to attend the regional meetings to discuss the preliminary results. Your feedback is invaluable to ensure that our methodology and assumptions are appropriate. In particularly we would appreciate feedback from those managing smaller forest resources (defined as <3000 ha).

Upcoming meetings are as follows:

Gisborne- 4th May 1pm – 3pm at the Oasis Motel (5 Sponge Bay Road, Tamarau, Gisborne)

Kerikeri - 6th May from 1pm – 3pm (venue tbc)

Rotorua – 17th May 11am – 1pm at Scion (Titokorangi Drive Formerly, Longmile Road, Whakarewarewa)

Masterton – 18th May 11am-1pm (Copthorne Hotel)

One of the questions MPI hopes this work will address is what level of uncommitted supply exists in each wood supply region, particularly in those log grades that are sought after by the domestic processing industry. This analysis will contribute directly to the Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan (ITP), which seeks to expand the commercial opportunities for forestry, and build value from the resource.

If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please send your RSVP for catering purposes to

Source: MPI

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