The ForestWood 2014 Conference was entitled "Green Green Growth of Home”. It was held on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

2014 was Election Year and ForestWood 2014 presented a unique opportunity to hear the views of the main political parties on how they expect to influence New Zealand’s forest growing and wood processing/ manufacturing business in pursuit of increased economic growth.

Politicians, industry leaders and political analysts elaborated on what they plan to do to make New Zealand forest and wood industry more successful in a highly competitive International marketplace. World demand for wood fibre is expanding. How the sector responds to this demand will be shaped to a large extent by government policies. ForestWood 2014 sought to find out if the future government had the right agenda when it comes to forest and wood industry growth.

At the final session of ForestWood leading industry thinkers presented their views on international and domestic market opportunities.

The conference handbook is available for download.


ForestWood 2014 Presentations

(available for download in pdf)

Session One

The soaring NZ economy - consequences of rapid growth    
Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist
I support any team playing against the Aussies 5,500 KB Download
Prof Robert Morris-Nunn, Director, Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, Tasmania

Session Two

National Party policies supporting NZ manufacturing and exporting business    
Hon Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister of Primary Industries
Green Party policies supporting NZ manufacturing and exporting business    
Dr Russel Norman, Co-Leader, Green Party
Labour Party policies supporting NZ manufacturing and exporting business    
Hon David Cunliffe, Leader of the Opposition
MPI and the forestry sector    
Scott Gallacher, Deputy-Director General Resource Management and Programmes / Standards, Ministry for Primary Industries

Session Three

Moving forward with the Wood Council strategy    
Bill McCallum, Chair, Wood Council of New Zealand
Emerging technologies to raise productivity and profitability in the forest industry 1,900 KB Download
Tony Nowell, Scion

Session Four

A strategy for NZ in China 2,100 KB Download
Peter Clark, PF Olsen
New Zealand's economic outlook    
Graeme Wheeler, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Session Five

Forest industry in transformation 2,600 KB Download
Anders Bergkvist, Senior Vice President, Head of Special Projects, Stora Enso