If you own a forest, you’ll pay the levy when you harvest your wood.
Everybody harvesting their trees pays 27 cents in levy for every tonne of wood when it is sold. This raises about $9 million per year. The money is spent on projects to support New Zealand’s forest industry, such as research, promotion, biosecurity and health and safety.
Forest growers voted in 2013 for all forest growers to contribute to a fund that would support the growing forest industry.
All forest owners pay the levy regardless of the size of their forest because they all benefit from the activities which the levy funds.
Read this factsheet to find out more about the levy:
Levy is key to the future of forestry
Geoff Thompson has chaired the Forest Growers Levy Trust since the levy was introduced. He believes the levy funds play a crucial role in securing the future of the forestry industry.