Forest news

Get the latest Gisborne forestry news, including wood prices and industry updates. 

New staff member
Brett Armour has recently taken up the position of Operations Manager at Kohntrol.  Brett has moved up from the deep south where he was managing forest operations for a large sawmilling company for some years.

Brett comes with a wealth of knowledge of the industry, but particularly in the areas of logistics and supply in the harvesting arena.

Bretts role will be to oversee all the operational aspects of the company as we continue to expand our harvesting and log marketing activities. Additionally he will be involved in managing Health and Safety for the company after our having undertaken a major review of the companies systems and procedures to keep up to date with the latest legislative changes.

Being from Northland Brett is warming to the milder climate and the coastal environment and is looking forward to catching up with clients in due course.

Situations vacant
No current vacancies.

Health and Safety in forestry
If you are a forest owner, manager, contractor, crew or foreman, you can find all safety resources and videos on injury and prevention at

Making a career in forestry
What is the Forestry Industry all about in our district, watch this video to find out more information here: (Source: Eastland Wood Council)

Latest News
Forests planted on the East Coast of the North Island in the 1990s are now being harvested – and they're having a huge positive spin off for the local economy.  Read more here: (Source: RNZ)

For all Forestry facts and figures for 2015/2016 view here: (Source: Forest Owners Association)

Eastland Wood Council newsletter
View the latest local forestry industry information

EWC Newsletter - August 2016 Click

EWC Newsletter - November 2016 Click

EWC Newsletter - March 2017 Click

EWC Newsletter - May 2017 Click

EWC Newsletter - September 2017 Click

New Zealand wood and log prices 

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May 2016

The graphs below show that both unpruned and pruned log prices are currently trading higher than what most people expected over the past 12 months.

Log Price Outlook - May 2016 Click