New Zealand's third-biggest export business, the $4 billion wood
industry, is having trouble seeing the forest for the trees right now.
Word last month of a wood processing industry
"crisis" meeting snapped us out of holiday reverie after the National
Distribution Union did its sums on job losses from major processing
mills since 2008 and produced the nasty figure of 1129.
The union, claiming the industry was at crisis point, suspected the real number was double that.
Hang on, didn't we hear before Christmas that wood exports are going
gangbusters, with the ravenous infrastructural maw of China digesting
our forests as fast as we can grow them?
Yes, but it is the logs side of the sector that is
booming. The downstream wood processing side – the $1 billion industry
that adds value to logs – is in trouble, the NDU told Forestry Minister
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