Ten forestry organisations have signed an accord to establish a pan sector body, called the New Zealand Forest & Wood Sector Forum.
The NZFWSF will engage on issues of common interest or concern to the national industry and act as a spokesperson and point of contact for the industry with the government and other relevant bodies where appropriate.
The NZFWSF aims to improve communication throughout the forestry supply chain to pursue and ensure continued growth and to manage issues with the interest of the whole sector in mind.
Forestry Industry Contractors Association CEO and NZFWSF spokesperson Prue Younger said the NZFWSF’s collective advocacy will be for policies that are socially responsible, environmentally and ecologically sustainable, internationally competitive, and profitable.
“The greater and long-term goal for the pan sector initiative is the desire to improve the coordination and collaboration of the sector and make it communicate, promote and improve the total value chain,” she said.
“The benefit of a common and collective ‘whole of industry’ voice, with direction and future opportunities, stands to be shared with the industry and government providing credibility that the ‘whole of industry’ is backing the content.”
The pan sector group was an outcome of a meeting held on July 26 in Rotorua. The hui provided a shared understanding of the problems and opportunities the sector faced in a 15-year crisis for the forestry industry.
“Collective discussions were had around what change would look like to generate a sustainable operating model that we don’t currently have,” Younger said.
“This collective direction setting can better guide decisions for the future and define what can be done more effectively, more efficiently and potentially what can be rationalised or minimised.”