Opinion

Six things to help fix the building timber shortage

Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 02 Apr 2021

Six things to help fix the building timber shortage
Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 02 Apr 2021
No sooner did New Zealand start building a lot more houses – the ultimate fix for home unaffordability – than we started to run short of wood.It’s so New Zealand-y, it makes you want to weep. A country apparently full of pine trees but a shortage of timber. How could that possibly have happened?The short, easy story is that NZ ships too many unprocessed logs to China and other markets with low-cost labour and we short-change ourselves in the process.If only it were so simple.A book – perhaps not a very interesting book &...

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