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The New Zealand forestry and wood processing industry is undergoing a transformation plan, which includes several projects aimed at enhancing the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector.

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Ngahere Maori and Wood Processing Strategy

Ngā Pou a Tāne Incorporated 


This project is the first stage of development of a comprehensive Māori forestry strategy. The Multi-Use Ngahere approach to forestry and wood processing will align with and make operational provisions to support the transition to Māori owned and managed forests.

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Strategic Diversification 

Forest Growers Research Limited


This project funds the collection of data and information on forest diversification – including productivity (growth and form), improved genetics, and product characteristics and performance. Each workstream is comprised of several individual programmes to accelerate forest diversification. 

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University of Canterbury Masters Programme 

University of Canterbury


This project funds upgrades to the University’s testing and lab capacity, providing students a more practical experience in wood processing. It will also fund engagement with the University of British Columbia to share academic knowledge, along with market research into student and industry needs.

This will help grow and upskill the wood processing workforce. 

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Developing Business Models for Continuous Canopy Forestry 

The Connective


Continuous canopy forestry refers to a range of forest management systems of native, exotic, and mixed forestry models from small coupe-felling to single-stem selections.

This project funds research into successful models of continuous canopy forestry to promote alternatives to clear-felling. It also funds the identification and analysis of business models for the adoption of continuous canopy forestry in New Zealand. 

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Tairāwhiti Bioplant 

Bio Plant Tairāwhiti NZ Limited


This project will support the development of a bioenergy plant to use slash as a feedstock in the Tairāwhiti region. The process will involve retrieving slash residue from the region, chipping it on site, and then convert the residue into bio char, bio diesel, and electricity.

This will deliver a sustainable and economically viable option to utilizing slash in the Hikuwai catchment, as a preventative measure against future extreme weather events. 

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Long-lived harvested wood products 

Martin Jenkins and Associates Limited 


This project will facilitate an open policy dialogue on options to recognize the delayed emission benefit of long-lived harvested wood products and leads to expanded harvested wood product manufacturing capacity. 

Engaging with industry and a wider group of stakeholders through effective policy dialogue will provide opportunities to recognize the benefit of incentivize greater domestic production of long-lived wood products and increase the delayed carbon emission benefit from wood products.