I’ve heard (unofficial) news out of Wellington suggesting the new government is serious about a ‘wood first’ procurement policy for government buildings. Stand by for an official announcement.
It can only help to have a Minister of Forestry who actually has forestry qualifications: the sort you get from the School of Forestry but also the ones learned (a long while back) on the end of a planting spade. If New Zealand wants to build with more timber to reduce embodied carbon in the construction sector, we need policies that encourage growing and managing suitable forests in this country. Plus, investment in local manufacturing plants that produce cross-laminated and other engineered timber products suitable for mid-rise buildings.