Certified Quality

Currently, nearly 50% of New Zealand's commercial forests are third party certified (mostly to FSC criteria) and around 50 New Zealand companies hold "chain of custody" certificates confirming they have systems in place to track certified timber through their production lines.

A National Standard for Plantation Management in New Zealand was released for pubic comment in November 2002. Extensively debated by forestry and environmental stakeholders, it creates a certification framework for New Zealand forestry that will set an international benchmark for sustainable management of forests.