Enable JavaScript to view protected content.


NTWG News, Articles and Downloads

Newsletters are produced by Northland Totara Working Group. Back copies are available to download below.

NTWG Newsletters

Economics of tōtara plantations in Northland

A report by the Northland Regional Council indicates that tōtara could be a viable land use option for marginal hill country in the region. It compares returns from pine, tōtara, and farming. In some scenarios plantation tōtara forestry could be more profitable than pastoral farming. This report should encourage land owners considering native forestry as an integrated land use option. Vist the NRC webpage for more information:

Other Tane’s Tree Trust Publications

“Developing Methodology for Resource Assessment of Naturally Regenerating Totara in the Whangaroa Community Area, Northland”, Chris Kennedy, 2007

“Exisiting uses and Market Development opportunities for Naturally Regenerating Totara Timber”, Paul Quinlan, June 2011

11.3 Management of naturally regenerated totara on farms

11.4 Weaving resilience into our farming landscapes with native forestry

ANZIF, Conference paper May 2011: Promoting the management of a naturally regenerating native forest resource for commercial timber production. A case-study based around Podocarpus totara

Pathways to code compliance for farm tōtara timber

Examples of tōtara sapwood resisting attack bt the common household borer (Anobium punctatum)

Other Publications

Smith, M. 2021: TIP project report confirms viability of a regional native species-based industry - Part 1. Courtesy of Timber and Forestry E news, issue 640, 14 Jan 2021.

Smith, M. 2021: Tōtara in Northland: Key issues related to managing this ‘new’ resource in NZ - Part 2. Courtesy of Timber and Forestry E news, issue 641, 21 Jan 2021.

Northland totara: sustainably managing a native forest resource in New Zealand, Michael Smith, courtesy of Timber & Forestry e-news, November 2020

Scion farm-tōtara mechanical timber properties test results

Tree Grower article November 2019

Northern Advocate article on tōtara Field-day 2016



NZ Farm Forestry Association, Spciality timbers;

Tōtara Industry Pilot project website: