The Wood Processors Association of New Zealand (WPA) represents companies responsible for the primary processing of between 75 to 80 percent of New Zealand's wood. With annual export earnings of $3.2 billion and domestic sales of $1.5 billion, the forestry and wood processing industry is New Zealand's third largest export earner.
Members of WPA include those involved in the manufacture of pulp and paper, engineered wood products, sawn lumber and the fabrication of frames and trusses.
WPA also has a significant number of Affiliate Members. Affiliates are organisations that provide products and support services to the industry. WPA activity engages with its Affiliate Members seeking their views and opinions and invites Affiliates to member conferences and technical workshops, where relevant.
The Wood Processors Association is an incorporated society and is governed by a board of member-elected Directors.
The Chair is Brian Stanley.
A copy of the current WPA rules can be downloaded here.
WPA currently employs two full time staff, as well as a Senior Policy Analyst on a contract basis.
- Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jon Tanner
- Executive Assistant & Administration Manager Jeanette Sutherland
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jon Tanner
Jon Tanner has spent the last 20 years working in primary industry in New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe. Originally from a farming background, Jon has experience as a science manager, director of public policy and as a CEO of primary industry bodies.
Jon’s interests lie in enhancing the ability of sectors to add value to commodity products and to grow markets. He believes that firmly uniting effort across the sector and harnessing new knowledge will ensure that wood processing continues to be a strong contributor to New Zealand’s economic performance.
Executive Assistant & Administration Manager Jeanette Sutherland
Jeanette Sutherland is the Executive Assistant to Jon Tanner and an experienced Administration Manager. Jeanette has a background in nursing and has also been employed for many years in a medical administration field before coming to WPA.
Jeanette also holds the responsibility of Board Secreatary to The Wood Processors' Association of NZ, The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of NZ and the Wood Council of NZ.