NZ Forest Service for Rotorua

Wednesday 5 May 2021

A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by the Forestry Minister to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future.

Stuart Nash today announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be renamed Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service, and will shift its operational headquarters from Wellington to Rotorua. “The operational headquarters will be based in Rotorua in a new wooden building that highlights the potential of timber construction and reflects Rotorua’s central location in our largest plantation forest region.

“The name change is small but significant. It signals a more hands-on role for a public forestry service, with specialists and advisors working alongside the sector,” Mr Nash said. “We will lift planning and advisory capabilities within Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service so it can offer a professional advisory service and share its forestry management expertise.”

“It will provide more on-the-ground support to iwi, private landowners, farm foresters, local councils, timber processors, training institutes, and other forestry organisations. The Forest Service will maximise opportunities for the forestry and wood processing sector.”

“Forestry will be a key part of our climate change response. In areas like biofuels, forestry can support our move away from fossil fuels. Innovative building products made from local wood will replace products such as concrete and steel.

“For Māori, there is huge potential across the whole forestry system, as landowners, community leaders, investors and guardians of the environment. We will continue to support Māori aspirations for land management, economic development, and job creation.”

Read more about the Minister's vision for the Future of Forestry in the document attached to this page: Future of Forestry Booklet.

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