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Workshop Details:

Date: Wednesday, April 4

Time: 12midday-3pm

Venue: The White House, 69 Peel Street.

To register email Steve Breen or call 027 362 9149 

Calling those interested in developing a 'Wood Processing First' policy for the region

7 March 2018

Activate Tairawhiti is partnering with the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) to host a workshop on April 4 highlighting the benefits of a growing wood processing sector in our region.

Speakers from the industry will demonstrate the value of growing our wood processing sector, especially against the backdrop of this region’s projected increase in log production over the coming 20 years and the Government’s billion-tree planting programme to further maintain supply.

Rotorua has had a “Forestry First” policy for a number of years and this is one of the strands of its successful approach in maintaining forestry investment in its region. While a policy helps with setting the regulatory framework, which is important for setting standards and environment controls, it is equally important in raising the region’s profile and securing national policy alignment to support our position — all of which is critical for creating confidence in the market to invest in our region.

The policy approach is backed by actions on the ground, with the recent announcement by Far East Sawmills of its investment in the ex-Prime site — a further step in the development of the site as the district’s Wood Processing Centre of Wood Excellence. This announcement is timely in offsetting some of the consequences of the changes announced at JNL recently.

As a region we have all the ingredients to support a higher-value wood processing sector with knock-on benefits for other businesses, the port included. What is needed is proactive effort to make it happen, and the development of this policy is one step to achieving that.

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