Wood supply and timber processing options in the Hawke’s Bay

Authors: Peter Hall, Michelle Harnett
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2020, Issue N.Z.J.For. 65(1) 2020, pp 12-15, May 2020
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: The existing and projected future wood supply in the Hawke’s Bay could support expanded timber processing. Unpruned log supply is forecast to dip between 2034 and 2044, but planting 10,000 ha of radiata pine over the next five to 10 years under a short to mid-length rotation regime could stabilise this supply. Increasing afforestation would open up options for establishing processing clusters with other industries, using wood and forest residues to replace industrial fossil fuels and produce liquid biofuels such as diesel. Increasing processing options would lead to increasing employment, contribute to New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.