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Forestry Contractors Business Review

The Forestry Contractors Business Review is carried out free of charge by the Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. The information reflected in the publication is based on confidential information collated from a number of operators in the New Zealand forestry industry.

Sixty per cent of contractors surveyed leaned towards specialised skills as opposed to multi-tasking abilities in their crews. Silvicultural contractors generally favour multi-skilled operators. The East Coast, Hawkes Bay and Lower North Island experienced the highest growth in business over the past 12 months and also foresee strong future growth. Contractors in the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Waikato and Otago expect a more challenging business landscape over the next 12 months. Employment growth is still slow with few new people entering the sector. This is despite the overall high level of job satisfaction among contractor crews and the incentive of good wages.

The full review can be downloaded as a PDF.