Located at the top of the South Island in the beautiful Nelson Tasman and Marlborough regions, our New Zealand forests were first planted in 1927. We purchased the forests, along with the Kaituna Sawmill, in 2018. We also purchased the Manuka Island forest which has helped increase the available harvest from the estate. Since then our integrated New Zealand operations have gone from strength to strength.
OneFortyOne’s New Zealand forests cover around 80,000 hectares and we harvest more than 1.2 million cubic metres each year. The forests are in their fourth rotation and are managed sustainably and responsibly, with Nelson Management Limited certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C074692) since 2009.
We plant pine seedlings across our Nelson Tasman and Marlborough forest estates. The forest area consists of three Crown Forest License areas (Golden Downs West, Golden Downs East and Rai), freehold forests, and four joint venture forests. These include:
- Wairau Northbank and Manuka Island freehold forests, which are situated on the eastern side of the Mt Richmond Forest Park in Marlborough. The Wairau Northbank forest is rolling hill country along the north bank of the Wairau River.
- Wairau South Forest, Linkwater, Wakamarina, Kaituna Sawmill forest, the Opouri Valley and the Awatere Valley – freehold forests in Marlborough.
- Nelson Freehold Forests, most of which lie on the foothills of the Waimea basin: Serpentine, Kainui, Moutere, Te Hepe and Brightwater.
- Smaller freehold forest in Nelson are located adjacent to Golden Downs Forest (Korere).
The trees are harvested and are processed locally at several different facilities including our own Kaituna Sawmill. The Kaituna Sawmill supplies radiata pine products to Australia, Europe, Asia and the local New Zealand market; we sell over 55,000 cubic metres of timber each year.
Our operation in New Zealand provides more than 600 jobs direct to the local community through OneFortyOne and our contractors, plus up to 2400 indirect jobs. Our highly motivated, passionate and skilled people are the key to our success.
We also protect more than 9,000 hectares of conservation land, take care of endangered species and we’re reinvigorating the health of the natural environment in Nelson Tasman and Marlborough. Endemic and endangered kea are inhabitants of our forests, and our workforce protects and monitors the health of these beautiful birds in conjunction with the Kea Conservation Trust.
We provide and maintain 125km of public easement road through our Nelson forests, providing the local community with access for motorsport, walking, hunting, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking. A section of the Great Taste Trail runs through our forests; its construction was supported by funding from OneFortyOne.