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Timber exports and total output, 1890–1920

Timber exports and total output, 1890–1920

Timber was exported from New Zealand from the early days of settlement, but by the late 19th century it was not a major export in terms of value. Most timber was used within New Zealand. The quantity sent overseas between 1890 and 1920 did not exceed a quarter of total production. By 1915, native timber was supplemented by exotic timber from plantations.

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Source: New Zealand official yearbook and Statistics of New Zealand

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - The timber industry, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/12743/timber-exports-and-total-output-1890-1920 (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007