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In mid 2015, the NZDFI became a partner in the MBIE and industry funded Specialty Wood Products Partnership (SWPP).
This is a far-reaching research and development programme, aimed at developing the supply chain and international markets for a range of alternative timbers to radiata pine.
The SWPP is funded by:
The SWPP is led by Future Forests Research (FFR), in collaboration with Scion, the University of Canterbury, and the Marlborough Research Centre Trust.
The NZDFI now has seven years and a share of the $7 million funding package to work on the following priorities: