In 2005, the NZ Forest Owners Association, with support from the Accident Compensation Corporation,launched the Incident Reporting Information System (IRIS). In 2008, it was made more user-friendly and new features were added. The objectives of IRIS are to facilitate injury prevention analysis, to promote safety improvement initiatives and monitor their effectiveness in terms of incident rates. IRIS also allows the industry and individual companies to quickly and effectively benchmark their health and safety performance against other sectors and industries, both nationally and internationally. Today the database contains a significant amount of data, a large proportion of which relates to close calls or unsafe behaviours. This information has been successfully used to continually refine and reinforce safe work practices in the industry. All companies in the New Zealand forestry sector, whether or not they belong to an industry association, are encouraged to participate in IRIS. There is no cost to sign on. Access to add, edit, view and export incident data is via secure login. The data relating to each participant is confidential to the company concerned.
NZ Wood is a major promotional and development programme for forests and wood
The need for a practical guideline for managing indigenous biodiversity and threatened species on private land has lead to the development of this guide by the NZ Forest Owners Association. With funding from the New Zealand Government’s Biodiversity Advice Fund and technical expertise provided by Wildland Consultants the guide aims to provide a practical means for foresters to manage threatened species that may reside within their plantation estates.
Recently there has been a complete review of all aspects of plantation forestry research. This is in response to a demand from government that growers must pay a greater share of industry-good research, a recognition that a greater research effort is needed to make forestry a more productive and profitable land use, the need for the industry to be better prepared for exotic pests and diseases, dissatisfaction among growers about the value of some existing research programmes. A broad range of research is funded including forest biosecurity, improved porductivity, sustainability, rural fire. This site provides information on the research programme and access to research reports.
NZFOA became a member of the Primary Industries Capability Alliance in 2016. The aim of the alliance is to promote the primary sector as a group, leveraging the power of a mix of sectors (dairy, beef + lamb, PITO, Lincoln University, Taratahi, ARA, Young Farmers, MPI and FAR).