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Chile and New Zealand - Southern allies or global enemies?

 This edition of the Journal examines the relationship between Chile and New Zealand - the predominant Southern Hemisphere plantation forest products countries.  The two have reached a crossroads in their relationship.

Articles drawn on:

  • The New Zealand viewpoint, looking at geographic, forest character, forest ownership and forest production.
  • A viewpoint of Chilean forest leaders following a visit to New Zealand forest operations is reported.
  • Forest countries of today and the future are highlighted by a Chilean leader in a recent column.

Why wouldn’t Wood New Zealand work?  This is the question we put in regards to the failure of a cooperative marketing agency set up to promote New Zealand’s forest products.


  • SOUTHEM Markets - Stronger sales in Brazil and South Africa have helped to boost the Southern Hemisphere Pine Price Index.
  • Australian market executes classic swan dive - lumber sales plummet after a surge prior to the introduction of a consumption tax.
  • New Zealand sawmillers look to spring growth - with the export markets generally flat, millers to looking to the spring and summer building season for new sales.
  • Chilean exporters heading for new highs - the forestry sector is set to enjoy its best year ever in terms of foreign currency earnings.
  • Argentina’s sawmillers are hoping for a turnaround in sales after fighting back from an economic downturn and increased Brazilian competition.



  • Boise Cascade denies rumours it is quitting a project in Chile.
  • A decision is expected soon on Arauco’s pulp mill project.
  • Masisa is taking control of Terranova.


  • New Zealand and Australian log export marketing firms are to merge.
  • Questions are being raised over the timber industry’s links to Fiji coup - US involvement?
  • Growth hopes for forestry are a highlight of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd’s recent financial results.
  • A cluster to boost South African furniture companies is launched.
  • Fletcher Challenge Forests lifts its performance - sale of the company still mooted.
  • Norske Skog Australasia - formerly Fletcher Challenge Paper - signs a watershed agreement with Australian publishing groups.
  • Australian building products company, Boral, sells its Tasmanian hardwood interests.
  • Boise Cascade raises its interests in Australasia with the purchase of Blue Star Office Supplies.


  • A new service is launched to offer updates to subscribers on a regular basis.
    Internet sites - your link with the Southern Hemisphere online.

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