The Hawkes Bay area is in the east of New Zealand’s North Island, south of Gisborne. The region has 130,000 hectares under radiata pine, mostly in private ownership, including corporate forest owners, iwi, farmers and investors like ours. It has well-established forestry infrastructure including a significant mill, a busy export port and rail transport links.
Pan Pac Forest Products’ pulp and sawmill has been operating at Whirinaki for over forty years. It dominates the Hawkes Bay wood processing industry and is one of New Zealand’s largest radiata pine sawmills.
The local forestry industry is gearing up for the increased wood flow which is expected as the forests approach maturity. Export log volumes through the Port of Napier reached 2 million tonnes for the 12 months to May 2018, up from 1.6 million tonnes recorded in 2017. Planning is under way to accommodate up to 3 million tonnes of logs through Napier Port in five to seven years’ time.