What WPMA Do

Wood Processors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand

 

What we do

Advocacy, Lobbying and Government Representation

It's not feasible for every company to maintain a strong and regular relationship with Ministers, Government departments, and other officials. What's more, Government responds keenly to statements of united industry position, as compared to the position of an individual company. Members see this as our main way of achieving the WPMA purpose. We need to set the agenda and the environment around us using evidence-based advocacy. There is a strong feeling that this advocacy be channelled to the highest levels of national and local government and forest-growing company management. 

WPMA, with an Executive office located in central Wellington, has a strong voice with Government. Our Member’s shape the policy which we then put forward.

As a WPMA member, you have the ability to put your concerns to Government with the weight of the bulk of the processing and manufacturing industry behind them, rather than the concerns of only one firm.

Forest   Machinery   Building
         

Standards

We need to be on top of standards.  Not just those relating to timber treatment and grading and construction (i.e. NZS, SOPs) but those that impact export trade by acting as tariff/non-tariff barriers and private standards coming over the horizon (e.g. Life Cycle Analysis).  This is a significant work area also covering the TQS, FSC and PEFC.

Regular Communication

WPMA releases a regular newsletter, which informs you of events and issues arising in the industry. We carry guest columns from Government and industry leaders as well as the Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association of NZ.

As a WPMA member, you will receive these regular updates, as well as have the ability to communicate via us to other members of the industry, suppliers, and purchasers.

Networking

Regular conferences are run; ForestWood 2014 Conference, Timber Design Awards and Wood Smart Seminar were all in March 2014. The Official Launch of WPMA will be held on 4 September 2014 followed by regional meetings throughout the country and a planned Industry Conference in March 2015.

WPMA shares an office - and a close relationship - with the Forest Owners Association, NZ Farm Forestry and the Institute of Forestry. We also have a WPMA Nelson Branch.

As a WPMA member, you will have regular opportunities to network with industry leaders across the entire forestry industry, from planting and harvesting to processing, treating, and manufacturing.

Science and Innovation

WPMA runs a science and innovation programme focussed on exploring science and innovation projects overseas and their viability in New Zealand. We also have a powerful voice in the directing of Government science funding, and where public research projects are focussed.

As a WPMA member you will have access to WPMA science strategies, and have the ability to express your priorities for public research to Government through a whole-of-industry mouthpiece

Public Relations

The NZ Wood Promotional programme, funded through Woodco, counts WPMA as a founding member.

As a WPMA member, you will have access to the NZ Wood programme, branding and support as well as being a recommended supplier for members of the engineering and architecture industries using their service.

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