The Forestry and Wood Processing Strategy was developed to help support and accelerate the development of a market-led, globally focused, high-value wood products industry in the Bay of Plenty.
The strategy is supported by the Forestry and Wood Action Group (FWAG) which, like all Bay of Connections industry groups, is a non-political and non-partisan collective, whose key role is to support industry growth through advocacy, communication and collaboration.
The forestry and wood processing industries in the Bay of Plenty are a significant part of the regional and national economies, representing the central hub of New Zealand’s forest and wood processing industry. The region produces 40% of the country’s harvest and is set to provide New Zealand’s largest single regional supply of uncommitted forest harvest in the next 30 years.
The combination of the region’s forestry and national energy resources, emerging technologies, established support infrastructure (including clusters of highly developed mechanical engineering), support services, processed wood products, research capabilities and the increasing relevance of Māori land use and forest owners, present a unique set of opportunities to stimulate the industry’s future growth.
The strategy’s role is to provide advocacy and strong leadership within the industry to maximise these growth opportunities, in order to extract the maximum sustainable regional wealth from the Central North Island forest resource.
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