Our Vision

Our vision is for New Zealand to be a world-leader in breeding ground-durable eucalypts, and to be home to a valuable sustainable hardwood industry based on eucalypt forests, by 2050.

In practical terms, the NZDFI aims to develop a valuable, complementary land-use for farmers in the warmer parts of eastern New Zealand where rainfall is low and unreliable. Our target is 100,000 hectares of durable eucalypts planted by 2030. As time progresses and our trees mature, we envisage the development of regional harvesting and processing industries, generating a range of high-value products for both domestic and overseas markets.

We are:

  • selecting elite trees from within our diverse genetic resource as a basis for our breeding programme
  • developing rapid mass propagation techniques to speed up the delivery of superior planting stock to growers
  • developing techniques to screen young trees for desirable wood-quality characteristics, so that selection and breeding work can yield the greatest end-use benefits
  • researching and developing sustainable management systems for growing ground-durable eucalypts to produce high-quality hardwood.

Working for regional development

The development of forests and associated industries in dryland regions is critical to the NZDFI's vision. We are working on a regional strategic plan and welcome any feedback on our ideas.

The NZDFI is a unique, exciting project with a strong focus on strategic research goals. It is backed by an effective scientific programme, extensive on-farm trials, and an expanding industry network.

To achieve our goals, our have put together a number of high-calibre teams, and will maintain our reputation for strong leadership.