Regional Events

Renewing NZ

WPMA Regional Meetings

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association bring together all parts of New Zealand’s wood supply chain in one industry organisation.  WPMA unites sawmillers, panel makers, pulp and paper makers, packaging providers, construction component fabricators, biochemical and bio-energy producers and the vital support industries that make the wood products sector one of New Zealand’s biggest manufacturing and export industries. 

These events are intended to introduce WPMA’s “Renewing New Zealand” Initiative and to particularly highlight the wood industry in the regions. The first regional meeting was hosted in Hawkes’ Bay, and highlighed what the region is doing to promote economic growth, the betterment of local communities and aims for the future.  Mr Doug Ducker, Managing Director of Pan Pac, talked specifically on the role his company is playing in the community. 

We are now into the process of planning meetings in nine regions across the country in conjunction with, for eg, Chambers of Commerce, so that we can tell this story to a widest audience possible in each region. 

In doing this the Board felt it was vital that we had the facts and figures to hand to show the scale of our impact in each region.  To do this we have commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to conduct an independent investigation for us.  The results of this work will be presented at each regional meeting in 2015/16.

2017/18 brings new topics to the meetings, log supply and sustainability is a hot topic around New Zealand this year.  Come along and hear more...

Here are the regional meeting locations and some confirmed dates for 2018:

  • 22nd March - Wellington
  • 4th April - Gisborne
  • 30th May - Nelson
  • 6th June - Christchurch
  • 7th June - Invercargill (date change)
  • 3rd July - Northland
  • 25th September - Rotorua

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to find out more about these Regional meeting or Sponsorship of a meeting, please contact Debbie Fergie, Promotions Manager: or Phone 03 544 1086.

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Regional Meeting 18 November 2014