25 years on: culture shock of forest privatisation leads to winning formula

by dpadmin on 7th May 2014

March 1987 was a difficult time for local forestry workers and their families. Their beloved Crown- owned New Zealand Forest Service ceased to exist, replaced by a new organisation known as the Forestry Corporation.

The Corporation was to last for only three years, but it marked the radical creation of the very first of the Lange/Douglas government’s new and controversial State-Owned Enterprises.

Along with its subsidiary, NZ Timberlands Limited, the Forestry Corporation was to be based on private industry models, meaning it would be profit driven.

This culture shock initially took its toll on staff when they learned there would be employment for only about one- third of the current work force…

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