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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2021) 65(4): 32–36
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
2021 - another New Zealand forestry centenary

Michael Roche *,1

1 Professor Michael Roche, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North. Email:
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Choose your anniversary On 24 September 2019, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the New Zealand Forest Service was marked at Parliament with speeches and presentations (Golding, 2019). A year before (in 2018) Te Uru Rakau Forestry New Zealand was established to ‘strengthen and grow the forestry sector in New Zealand.’ This in itself signals that the existence of state forestry agencies has not been unbroken, nor has their purpose been unchanging. Consider also the disestablishment of the New Zealand Forest Service in 1987 to make way for a Ministry of Forestry, a Department of Conservation and a Forestry Corporation (of which only the Department of Conservation remains in 2021).
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