- Owns and manages over 28,000 hectares of forestry estate
- Sustainably harvests 350,000 cubic metres of radiata pine each year
- Employs over 100 staff and contractors
Wenita Forest Products Limited began business in 1990, with the mission:
To be a responsible, influential and profitable New Zealand forest industry company, recognised locally and internationally as a reliable and significant supplier of softwood forest products derived from sustainable plantation forests.
Now, Wenita has become one of the most significant companies in the Otago region, growing high quality radiata pine for local and international markets. Wenita’s contract services include forest management expertise and harvesting and marketing solutions for private forest and woodlot owners.
Wenita is recognised for innovations including Central Processing Yard (Superskid) technology, enabling trees to be cut into the best possible combination of logs, reducing costs and minimising waste. It is engaged in numerous conservation projects, including protecting the habitat of the New Zealand falcon. And it supports its local community with employment opportunities and enabling access to the forest where it is safe to do so.
With its head office in Mosgiel, Otago, Wenita is a private New Zealand - registered and operated company. It is owned by two international shareholders – Sinotrans and Fund 7 Foreign LLC.
What age do you harvest your trees?
Radiata pine is harvested between ages 26-30 years.
What tree species do you plant?
95% of our trees are radiata pine. We also grow small amounts of Douglas fir, larch, Corsican pine and eucalyptus.
Where do you sell your logs?
30-40% are sold to local processors such as sawmills and veneer, MDF and woodchip producers. The balance is exported to China, Korea, India and Vietnam.
Can I get a permit to enter Wenita’s forests and estate?
Yes, Wenita offers permits for recreation, hunting and special events.
How do I get a job with Wenita?
Wenita does not employ its forestry staff directly. Instead, it contracts companies to plant, manage and harvest the forest. Please contact them directly if you are interested in a career in forestry.
Wenita – Achieving our mission
To achieve its mission, Wenita has identified the following priorities and objectives.
Wenita will always strive to maximise the wealth of its shareholders within the parameters defined by the company’s Mission Statement.
2. Environmental Management
Wenita is committed to being an environmentally responsible plantation forest owner and producer of softwood forest products.
To meet this objective, Wenita has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS). Underpinning the EMS is a commitment to sustainable forest management, the protection of cultural and historic sites and areas of significant indigenous habitat, and to continual improvement of environmental management. Wenita’s forest management systems are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC), an international environmental organisation.
3. Health and Safety
Wenita is committed to the health and safety of its employees, contractors and visitors and to the elimination of work-related illness and injury. The company promotes health, safety and welfare as a fundamental business objective. Our Health and Safety Policy can be viewed here.
4. Corporate Citizenship
Wenita is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen. While this is reflected in all of the Company’s policies, specifically it will:
- Support local community group initiatives where there is a direct relationship
- Promote educational and recreational use of the forest environment
- Support relevant pan-industry initiatives. Wenita is a member of the New Zealand Forest Owners’ Association, Future Forest Research and several other forest industry organisations.
5. Land Management
Wenita accepts its responsibility, as a significant rural land owner and occupier, to practise sustainable land management and mitigate off-site effects, and manage its estate consistently with that ethic.
Wenita will adopt sound silvicultural practices to meet the objective of maximising the value of its forest resource while minimising the risk to the growing crop and land. More specifically, Wenita is committed to planting and tending radiata pine, except where environmental conditions give other species an economic advantage, or where there is a need to diversify risk.
7. Resource Management and Monitoring
Wenita is committed to maintaining a non-declining annual wood yield from its forest estate. Wenita has linked computer-based mapping software (Geographic Information System) with information from forest surveys to build up a database of forest resources. This information is used to monitor forest growth, regulate yield, identify endangered species and protected areas, and for long, medium and short term planning. All activities are monitored and the database and plans are regularly updated as new information is gathered.
Wenita is committed to maximising value recovery from its harvesting operations, whilst remaining a cost-competitive producer and recognising the need to comply with its environmental, health and safety, and other responsibilities. Wenita has an ongoing commitment to introducing new and innovative technology that improves economics and worker safety, protects the land and enhances ecological diversity.
Mt Allan harvest:
After considerable evaluation, Wenita elected to harvest Mt Allan Forest using a Superskid to centralise log-making. This means that full-length stems are trucked to the Superskid where they are scanned, cut to log lengths and fleeted by grade into bins by an optimiser-merchandiser, and then loaded out for distribution to export (via Port Chalmers) and domestic customers. This approach is very different from any other in Otago/Southland and will improve productivity and timber quality.
The Superskid establishes a factory-like environment in the forest. A wider range of log grades can be cut than on a conventional forest logging site, allowing better value recovery and improved efficiency in the log-making process.
Residues arising from the Superskid (bark, sawdust, etc) are accumulated in sufficient quantity to be saleable.
The Mt Allan harvesting crews are producing a combined total of about 1250 tonnes of stems per day, and that level of production should continue through until the end of 2015. The total harvest from Mt Allan Forest is forecast to be approximately 2 million tonnes.
Wenita is a progressive and responsible corporate citizen, dedicated to:
- Growing the export from New Zealand of radiata pine products to diversified markets throughout the world
- Identifying new opportunities to expand and maximise the return from the region’s forest resource, with particular emphasis on pruned logs and value-added processing
- Actively participating in the New Zealand forestry and wood products industry.
Wenita is committed to remaining an influential supplier of choice for softwood forest products for local and export markets by maintaining its position as a reliable supplier of products of a consistent and high quality.
Wenita is committed to encouraging and supporting the development of further log processing in the region where this can improve the value of the timber from its forest resource.
11. Research and Development
Wenita is committed to an ongoing forestry research programme that is consistent with achieving its management objectives. This research is generally undertaken through pan-industry associations such as Scion and Future Forest Research.
12. Personnel Management
Wenita is committed to being a good employer, providing a safe and healthy working environment with equal opportunity for all employees by:
- Advocating equal employment opportunity
- Supporting ongoing training by individual staff
- Undertaking annual performance reviews for individual staff members.
13. Contract Workforce Management
The forest industry is characterised by a high proportion of operations being performed on contract, such as logging, cartage and silviculture.When employing this contract workforce, Wenita is committed to:
- Only using primary contractors who comply with Wenita’s policies on health and safety, environmental management and personnel management
- Giving preference to local contractors who employ locally
- Maintaining long-term relationships
- Periodic controlled tendering of work to ensure market rates are maintained.
14. Public Use
Wenita recognises that commerce can be a compatible partner with conservation and recreation interests and is committed to making a significant area of its forest estate accessible to the public, where safety and tree crop security is not compromised. These areas provide a stimulating environment in which the public can enjoy a range of outdoor activities including hunting, walking, orienteering and picnicking, while at the same time gaining an appreciation of plantation forests as a valuable asset and provider of employment for local people. Supervised motor rallying, including national events, is also permitted in some areas of the forests.