Our Environment

We walk the talk

We believe we “walk the talk” around our environmental management.
Pan Pac takes a holistic approach to the environmental management of our business.
From the growth and management of forest estates, right through to processing and product manufacturing, we seek to eliminate or reduce environmental impact.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C017103) Certification

When you buy products with an FSC® label you are supporting the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.

Pan Pac forests have received FSC® accredited certification, the mark of responsible forestry, which means that forests are well managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

Pan Pac’s forests achieved FSC® certification in December 2001.

We get independent 3rd parties to assess our compliance with good forestry practices. 

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Pan Pac Pulp and Lumber mills hold FSC®  Chain-of-Custody certification (FSC-C006931 and FSC-C106229) providing a guarantee that the sourcing of fibre and the manufacturing of FSC® products through to shipment is in accordance with FSC® criteria.

Our pulp and lumber are FSC® Mix Credit certified, with input fibre and logs sourced from our own sustainably managed FSC® certified forests and other well managed FSC® certified or controlled wood risk assessed forests in the surrounding region.  All the logs and fibre processed are of New Zealand origin.

Please specify if you would like to receive our products with FSC® certification.
FSC® Mix Credit indicates that our products contain wood from FSC® certified forests and other controlled sources that meet the FSC® criteria and standard FSC-STD-40-005.

Controlled Sources means that we have ensured our logs are:

​1. Not from GM trees.

2. Not from high value conservation areas.

3. From forests where traditional or civil rights are not violated.

4. Legally obtained.

5. Not from forests that have been converted to plantation.

See our Lumber FSC®certificate


Waste Water

Waste disposal

Domestic waste is treated on-site and disposed of by spray irrigation into the company’s forests.
Waste Water. Site waste water is treated by an advanced treatment system. Pan Pac received an Environmental Award from the Hawke's Bay Regional Council on installation of the Primary treatment system in 1997 for leadership shown in on-site environmental management.  We have since undertaken a NZD$20m upgrade of the waste water plant.
Air Discharges. Pan Pac closely controls emissions to air from the site operations. A waste-fired boiler with innovative air emissions treatment was installed in 2002, and received an Environmental Award from the Hawke's Regional and District Councils for Cleaner Production.
Solid Waste. Where possible solid waste generated on site is utilised by site operations. Solid waste, including bark, sawdust, shavings from the planer mill, and effluent solids, is burnt in the site boilers to provide energy for drying lumber and wood pulp. Consequently solid waste input to the site landfill is minimised.
Energy. Heat energy produced by the site boilers minimises the requirement to burn fossil fuels to provide heat for drying lumber and wood pulp. Site electricity requirements are supplemented by the generator installed in 2005.
Green house gas emissions. Pan Pac greenhouse gas emissions are minimised by minimisation of combustion of natural gas using energy from the wood waste fired boilers, and by substitution of purchased electrical energy using the site generator.

Community consultation

Being a good neighbour is important to us,

We have a good reputation in the community. We have been recognized with an Excellence in Regional Business Development award at the Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in 2012.

We work in partnership with our immediate neighbours, who we meet with regularly as a Community Consultation Group. The group is comprised of resident representatives of households that border our Whirinaki site. We also work collaboratively with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council (which monitors environmental impacts) and this relationship has been strengthened following the installation of a new effluent plant in 2012. 

We also operate an innovative treatment process for stormwater from the logyard operations, incorporating a constructed wetland treatment area. The stormwater treatment area has been made into an amenity for our neighbours, with a walkway established through areas planted in attractive native and exotic plant and tree species.
Storm water
Snowstorm Forest Oct
There are always environment initiatives or projects underway

Weed and animal pest control is an on-going problem that needs strong commitment to make positive changes. For example, we spend over $50,000 a year managing the spread of Contorta Pine, an invasive species that was planted in the ranges as an erosion control initiative in the 1960’s.

Within the plantation forest boundary there is about 4,800ha of native vegetation. Since most of the forests were planted on reverting hill country farms, most of the native is secondary growth located in gullies and gorges or other places where farming was particularly difficult. 
Pan Pac MD Tony Clifford, Matariki and ECOED General Manager Kahori Nakagawa-768
Pan Pac actively works with other organisations
to improve environmental outcomes.

We have strong relationships with Forest and Bird Protection Society, the Department of Conservation, ECOED, Lifeforce Restoration Trust and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

Our staff are involved in the Hawke's Bay Biodiversity Strategy, Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project, regional pest control strategies, and strengthening existing predator control trapping to help protect endangered species like kiwi.

Photo: Pan Pac Managing Director Tony Clifford and ECOED General Manager Kahori Nakagawa celebrating the release of its 300th kiwi into the wild at Kaweka Forest Park. 


1161 State Highway 2
Wairoa Road
Napier 4182
New Zealand
Private Bag 6203
Napier 4142
New Zealand 


PHONE    +64 (0)6 831 0100
FAX         +64 (0)6 836 6443