Plantation forestry statistics

Contribution of forestry to New Zealand - an NZIER report to New Zealand Forest Owners Association and New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
March 2017

Plantation forestry and logging make a strong direct contribution to the New Zealand economy

The plantation forestry and logging sector directly accounts for 0.6% of GDP or $1,389 million.  This contribution is:

  • Greater than the GDP contribution of the sheepmeat and wool sector by over 20%
  • About 45% larger than beef sector in GDP terms
  • At a similar level of contribution with horticulture
  • 0.9% of the total goods producing industries
  • Approximately 2.9% of merchandised exports.

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