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Pan Pac is owned by Oji Group, a leader in the pulp and paper industry in Japan.

Since it was founded in 1873, Oji has grown into a global paper, pulp, packaging and forestry enterprise, with operations throughout Asia, North and South America, Europe and Oceania.

In 1971, Pan Pac established its site at Whirinaki, 20km north of Napier. We have cutting rights to over 33,000 hectares of plantation forests, at five forest locations in Hawke’s Bay.

In 2007, Pan Pac became wholly owned by Oji Green Resources, a fully owned subsidiary of Oji Holdings Limited.

In 2014, we established a subsidiary company, Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago) Limited, a lumber business which operates a modern sawmill, boiler, continuous kiln and drymill from a site at Milburn, just south of Dunedin.

Whirinaki Site
Milburn Site


  • In 2020, Pan Pac directly provided work for 833 FTEs – equivalent to 1.1% of all FTE employment in the Hawke’s Bay region.
  • Pan Pac’s total employment impact is 3,210 – equivalent to 4.1% of all FTE employment in the region.
  • Our labour productivity is very high, with a GDP (Hawke’s Bay) per FTE at almost $265,000.
  • In comparison, GDP per FTE was estimated at $117,000 for Agriculture and $118,000 for Manufacturing.
  • Pan Pac’s direct, indirect and induced impact on GDP is $541 million, equivalent to 6.3% of all GDP in the region.
  • We generate approximately $135 million in tax revenues for the government.

Source: BERL (2021) Pan Pac’s impact on wellbeing in the Hawke’s Bay region