Branching Out seeks to strengthen Taranaki's future as an emerging food and fibre basket of New Zealand.

Wood and fibre products are of increasing value and interest worldwide and are a worthy consideration for further investigation in Taranaki.

Venture Taranaki's Branching Out project held an event for landowners, potential growers, financial decision-makers, and marketers along with agricultural advisers and support services, processing and manufacturing organisations. Experts presented advice, essential information and the industry connections to support the community as they consider the viability of tree and fibre products for themselves here in Taranaki.

Presenters at the event included Taranakipine, the New Plymouth processor of plantation-grown Radiata Pine; a Forestry Advisor from Transglobal Connections; and SCION, the Crown Research Institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, and other biomaterial sectors.

The experts shared how trees are currently utilised in Taranaki, the economic opportunities, an overview of carbon farming and the Emission Trading Schemes, and projected future tree and fibre products. Topics also covered trees’ biodiversity contributions and the options for trees to be a complementary addition to existing land-uses and enterprises.

Venture Taranaki's Branching Out project seeks to strengthen Taranaki's future as an emerging food basket of New Zealand. This project encourages the region to consider diverse and complementary forms of land use, investment in innovative enterprises, and delivery of consumer-focused products to market. This projects success will result in added wealth to Taranaki’s economy and help our existing food and fibre sector become more resilient, innovative and in-demand.

You can find the contact details for the organisations and their presentations below.

Don Shearman

Land Services Manager, Taranaki Regional Council

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Mike Strang

Forestry Advisor, Transglobal Connections Ltd

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Rob McBrearty

Business Development Manager, Scion

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Ben Collier

Collier Farms 

Ben Collier presentation
Tom Boon

CEO Taranakipine and Woodspan Ltd

Tom Boon presentation

Land Use Register 

The Branching Out project is looking to connect with landowners, and investors who may be considering complementary and / diverse uses for their land. By adding your details to this register we can: 

  • Link you with other like-minded landowners or producers based on geographical location, growing conditions or opportunity.
  • Understand the amount of land potentially available across our region. 
  • Invite growing groups (like Zespri) to the region to promote growing opportunities in new sectors.
  • Recommend or share relevant information that may assist you on your journey.
  • Keep you in the loop to present opportunities to diversify into other, complementary land uses based on geographical location or land suitability.  
  • Understand the regional potential for specific opportunities.

Contact our Branching Out project lead

  • Michelle Bauer
Contact Michelle