WHAT WE DO
It's not feasible for every company to maintain a strong and regular relationship with Ministers, Government departments, and other officials. What's more, Government responds keenly to statements of united industry position, as compared to the position of an individual company. Members see this as our main way of achieving the WPMA purpose. We need to set the agenda and the environment around us using evidence-based advocacy. There is a strong feeling that this advocacy be channelled to the highest levels of national and local government and forest-growing company management.
WPMA, with an Executive office located in central Wellington, has a strong voice with Government. Our Member’s shape the policy which we then put forward.
We need to be on top of standards. Not just those relating to timber treatment and grading and construction (i.e. NZS, SOPs) but those that impact export trade by acting as tariff/non-tariff barriers and private standards coming over the horizon (e.g. Life Cycle Analysis). This is a significant work area also covering the TQS, FSC and PEFC.
WPMA releases a regular newsletter, which informs you of events and issues arising in the industry. We carry guest columns from Government and industry leaders as well as the Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association of NZ.
Regular conferences are run: ForestWood Conference; Timber Design Awards; Wood Smart Seminar.
WPMA shares an office - and a close relationship - with the Forest Owners Association, NZ Farm Forestry and the Institute of Forestry. We also have a WPMA Nelson Branch.
WPMA runs a science and innovation programme focussed on exploring science and innovation projects overseas and their viability in New Zealand. We also have a powerful voice in the directing of Government science funding, and where public research projects are focussed.
The NZ Wood Promotional programme, funded through Woodco, counts WPMA as a founding member.