Position available

The New Zealand Forest Owners Association is recruiting a National Research & Development Manager.

This exciting and influential position will be based in Rotorua to oversee a multi-million dollar R&D programme centrally funded by the Forest Growers Levy. The programme uses a broad spectrum of revolutionary approaches to deliver benefits for all of New Zealand’s forest growers. The position is geared for an individual who has programme management experience, strong relationship skills and leadership qualities.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Rosemary McFadyen at PO Box 10986 Wellington 6143, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date of Friday 13 March, 2020

Job Description

FGLT Meeting dates 2020

Friday 20 March
Tuesday 26 May (and AGM) 
Tuesday 25 August 
Thursday 3 December

2020 Work Programme

The FGLT Board has approved the 2020 Work Programme of $8.6M based on budgeted levy collection of $9M. Under the current market situation, this budget may be revised. Further updates will be posted here.

What the levy is used for

The levy is used to fund activities defined in the 2019 Levy Order.  The levy is based on 27 cents a tonne of harvested wood for 2019 to 31 December 2020.  The rate can increase to 33 cents a tonne as a maximum.
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.
The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) is a statutorily endorsed forest industry organisation and was established on 4 March 2013 to manage the proceeds of the newly introduced levy on plantation timber products coming from the forest.

It is the responsibility of the FGLT to ensure that the money collected under the levy is appropriately invested in areas of research, development and promotion that will further advance NZ forestry here and overseas.

It is the belief of the Forest Growers Levy Trust that working together will make the forestry industry in New Zealand a more profitable, sustainable and safe environment in which to work.


The Trust was not formally established until the Levy Order was issued in 2013. It was preceded by the work of the Establishment Board orior to this time. Information on the development of the levy and its implemention, including the work of the Establishment Board during 2013, is available here.
The first Levy Order expired in November 2019, and after an industry referendum and consultation, a new Levy Order was established for a further six year period.
Levy Statistics Data

The current levy rate is 27c per tonne for the 2020 year.

The levy can be set between 24 cents and 33 cents per tonne. The levy rate has remained stable at 27 cents since the implementation of the first Levy Order in 2013.

Each year the Work Programme will be reviewed and a budget for the next year approved. The levy struck for that period may be more or less than the previous year’s levy, but it may not exceed the maximum levy amount of 33c per tonne.

For a levy analysis statistical summary visit Levy Analysis Summary