Welcome to the Eastland Wood Council

The Eastland Wood Council provides a collective voice for the forestry industry in the Eastland region which encompasses the Gisborne and Wairoa District Council areas and stretches from the Mohaka River in the South to East Cape in the North.

Forestry Industry statement following lockdown as at 18th August 2021

Submission to GDC's Long Term Plan (LTP)

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Have your say on how best to address the highest-risk sites through the Waioeka Gorge and provide feedback about safety when driving through the gorge. Feedback is open until 1 November 2021. https://nzta.mysocialpinpoint.com/sh2-waioeka-gorge#/sidebar/tab/instructions ... See MoreSee Less

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We are all being exposed to a huge amount of COVID-19 information on a daily basis, and not all of it is reliable. Here are some tips for telling the difference and stopping the spread of misinformation. https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/let-s-flatten-the-infodemic-curve ... See MoreSee Less

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Eastland Wood Council hosted a very productive meeting with Toby Williams of Federated Farmers to discuss collaboration and the GDC's draft Traffic and Parking bylaw 2021. We support a user pays system that reflects the volume and frequency for all heavy transport users. We too would like to see all income generated from road user charges (RUC’s) in our region, applied in our region. Councils draft Traffic and Parking bylaw is open for submissions until: 5pm Monday 15 November 2021. https://www.gdc.govt.nz/council/have-your-say/draft-traffic-and-parking-bylaw-2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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EWC Awards 2021
Recognising and celebrating Eastland forestry
Safety Alerts
Read the latest Safety Alerts here
Safetree Certified Contractors
Find the region's certified contractors
Generation Programme
Next intake 2nd March 2020 - don't miss out!

Latest News

Check out the latest forestry news from around the region.
Vaccination an absolute priority

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your whānau and kaimahi.

EWC Awards 2021

The forestry industry of Te Tairāwhiti was toasted last night before a sell-out crowd of 500 at the 2021 Eastland Forestry Awards.

Forestry training sees more women enter industry

A training programme developed by the Eastland Wood Council in Gisborne to help people get into the industry has also helped boost diversity within the industry.

A&P Show 2019

Photos from our stand at the Poverty Bay 2019 A&P Show

Used their smarts to bridge problem

The “smartest smart signs in the district” are up on State Highway 2 to make a dangerous intersection safer.

Eastland Port – Industry Letter

The challenges currently facing Eastland Port, what we’re doing about it, and how the wider industry can help.

Wilshier honoured for huge contribution to forestry

Warwick Wilshier isn’t often lost for words. He’s the one that always steps up to speak…

2019 EWC scholarship recipients

Helping East Coast Forestry Excel Wade Brunt and Reihana Fisher are the 2019 recipients of the $1500 Eastland Wood Council Scholarships.

Forestry Contractor Status Survey

We acknowledge there are a number of challenges impacting the forestry industry, especially in Tairawhiti. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of contractors and forestry workers and for this reason we have created a short survey to help clarify the pressure points and the scale of impact.  Please click the link to complete this short survey.

The Generation Programme

The local forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the imminent start of the Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Programme.

Tairawhiti Road Transport

The Tairawhiti Road Transport Programme (TRTP) has been established to ensure that the local road freight transport, forestry industry and heavy equipment operators are able to attract, recruit, train and retain licensed class 4 & 5 truck drivers.

Get a head start with an EWC Forestry Scholarship

There’s extra incentive on offer for those keen to further a career in forestry with the help of two $1500 scholarships.

Eastland Wood Council annually offers two scholarships for either those wanting to enter the industry or those already in forestry and keen to upskill or retrain


Forestry will be a vibrant, sustainable, respected industry in Tairāwhiti.


We are the regional entity representing the local forest industry for the benefit of Tairāwhiti. The Eastland Wood Council works together with its members where objectives can be better achieved working collectively.

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