Employment Numbers

The New Zealand forest products industry employs 25,830 people directly (as at December 2014).

Many of the country's new forests — those planted since the 1960s — are located in areas, such as Northland and Tairawhiti (East Coast), where unemployment has traditionally been high.

The need for a highly-trained workforce is recognised by all sectors of the industry. As at December 2012 trainees involved in on-the-job study in the industry comprised:

Forestry

2965

Furniture

287

Pulp and paper

234

Solidwood processing

1,187

Panels

261