This indicator provides information on consumption, including consumption per capita, of wood and wood products. It provides an indication of trends and changes in wood usage within New Zealand and illustrates one aspect of society’s dependence on forests as a source of raw materials.
The indicator can be interpreted as apparent domestic consumption of various and/or all wood and wood products. Conceptually, this is measured as:
Apparent domestic consumption = reported production + (reported imports – exports) + changes in stocks.
Consumption per 1000 capita equals apparent gross domestic consumption in the reference period divided by estimated mean population (in 1000s) for the same reference period.
Apparent domestic consumption and per capita consumption data are available for a range of wood and wood products. The products for which MPI reports apparent consumption are: roundwood, sawn timber, wood pulp, paper and paperboard, plywood, particleboard and fibreboard.
For 2014, the total consumption and consumption per 1000 capita increased to 8.9 million and 1975 cubic metres respectively.
Total apparent consumption, and apparent consumption per 1000 capita, have been slowly trending down, with minor year-on-year variation during the period from 2007 to 2012 reflecting general economic conditions at the time.