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About Tenco
Tenco is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters of forest products. We have built to this position since 1991 when the company was set up to export lumber to growing Asian export markets.  Experience and reputation count; from small beginnings Tenco has become the largest independent exporter of New Zealand lumber and New Zealand’s 4th largest log exporter.  Tenco has a regular shipping program of their own log vessels and in combination with these and other ships currently calls  at 7 New Zealand ports (5 North Island and 2 South Island).
Tenco buys standing forests.  Tenco currently has a number of forests which they purchased at harvestable age to log over a number of years for export and domestic markets.  Tenco also regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time.  Tenco is interested in broadening  the  base of owners from whom it purchases forests and stands of trees.  A deal with Tenco is a certain transaction.  The owner and Tenco will agree on a value of the tree crop and then Tenco will pay this amount to the owner either in a lump sum amount or on rate per volume unit out-turn from the forest depending on the nature of the tree crop.
Tenco knows there are a lot of farmers who have trees that are close or ready to harvest and will be asking themselves how they should proceed with the sale of their trees.  For some farmers the kind of certain transaction with money in the bank could well be appealing. Tenco is actively interested in buying harvestable forests or trees from areas including all the North Island (except the Gisborne and East Coast districts) and Nelson & Marlborough in the South Island .
If you own a forest in this area (16 years and older) and are ready to enter into this kind of agreement Tenco is interested to develop something with you.
Please contact: 
Work: +64 7 357 5356  Mobile:  +64 21 921 595

MPI Provisional list - updated 11/07/2018

 One billion trees programme tree list

Planting the right tree in the right place is important because today’s tree planting decisions can have impacts that last for generations.

One of the first decisions you have to make is on what species you wish to plant. 

The lists below are some of the tree species that meet our criteria of a tree.

Trees that are included on this list are not necessarily recommended for general planting in all regions – you should check with your local council before deciding what to plant on your land

Indigenous trees

Indigenous tree species can contribute to landscape and ecological restoration, a wildlife habitat and a broad range of other benefits.

Common name Scientific name
Akeake Olearia avicenniaefolia
Akeake Olearia traversii
Ake-ake Dodonaea viscosa
Akiraho Olearia paniculata
Black maire Nestegis cunninghamii
Black mapou Pittosporum tenuifolium subsp. colensoi
Bush cabbage tree Cordyline banksii
Cabbage tree Cordyline australis
Chatham Is. korokio Corokia macrocarpa
Coastal maire Nestegis apetala
Five finger Pseudopanax arboreus
Haekaro Pittosporum umbellatum
Hall's totara Podocarpus laetus
Hard beech Fuscospora truncata
Haumakaroa Raukaua simplex
Heketara Olearia rani
Hinau Elaeocarpus dentatus
Horopito Pseudowintera axillaris
Horopito Pseudowintera colorata
Houhere Hoheria populnea
Houpara Pseudopanax lessonii
Kahikatea Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
Kaikomako Pennantia corymbosa
Kamahi Weinmannia racemosa
Kanono Coprosma grandiflora
Kanuka Kunzea ericoides
Karaka Corynocarpus laevigatus
Karamu Coprosma robusta
Karo Pittosporum crassifolium
Kauri Agathis australis
Kawaka Libocedrus plumosa
Kawakawa Piper excelsum
Kohekohe Dysoxylum spectabile
Kohuhu Pittosporum tenuifolium
Koromiko Hebe stricta
Kotukutuku / Tree fuchsia Fuchsia excorticata
Kowhai Sophora microphylla
Kowhai Sophora tetraptera
Lancewood / Horoeka Pseudopanax crassifolius
Large-leaved whitewood Melicytus macrophyllus
Long-leaved lacebark Hoheria sexstylosa
Mahoe / Whiteywood Melicytus ramiflorus
Mahoe wao Melicytus lanceolatus
Maire Mida salicifolia
Maire tawaki Syzygium maire
Makamaka Ackama rosifolia
Mamaku Cyathea medullaris
Mamangi Coprosma arborea
Mangeao Litsea calicaris
Mangrove Avicennia marina
Manuka Leptospermum scoparium
Mapou Myrsine australis
Matagouri Discaria toumatou
Matai Prumnopitys taxifolia
Mingimingi Coprosma propinqua
Mingimingi Leucopogon fasciculatus
Miro Prumnopitys ferruginea
Mountain beech Fuscospora solandri
Narrow-leaved lacebark Hoheria angustifolia
Ngaio Myoporum laetum
Nikau Rhopalostylis sapida
Orihou Pseudopanax colensoi
Oro-oro Nestegis montana
Pahautea Libocedrus bidwillii
Papauma / Broadleaf Griselinia littoralis
Pate Schefflera digitata
Pigeonwood / Porokaiwhiri Hedycarya arborea
Poataniwha Melicope simplex
Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa
Pokaka Elaeocarpus hookerianus
Puka Griselinia lucida
Puka Meryta sinclairii
Pukatea Laurelia novae-zelandiae
Puriri Vitex lucens
Putaputaweta Carpodetus serratus
Ramarama Lophomyrtus bullata
Rangiora Brachyglottis repanda
Rata Metrosideros robusta
Raukawa Raukaua edgerleyi
Rautini Brachyglottis huntii
Red beech Fuscospora fusca
Rewarewa Knightia excelsa
Ribbonwood / Manatu Plagianthus regius
Rimu Dacrydium cupressinum
Rohutu Lophomyrtus obcordata
Rohutu Neomyrtus pedunculata
Round-leaved coprosma Coprosma rotundifolia
Shrubby rata Metrosideros parkinsonii
Silver beech Lophozonia menziesii
Silver pine / Manoao Manoao colensoi
Silver tree fern Cyathea dealbata
Southern rata Metrosideros umbellata
Swamp Coprosma Coprosma tenuicaulis
Tanekaha Phyllocladus trichomanoides
Taraire Beilschmiedia tarairi
Tarata / Lemonwood Pittosporum eugenioides
Taupata Coprosma repens
Tawa Beilschmiedia tawa
Tawapou Planchonella costata
Tawari Ixerba brexioides
Tawhero Weinmannia silvicola
Tawherowhero Quintinia serrata
Titoki Alectryon excelsus
Toothed lancewood Pseudopanax ferox
Toro Myrsine salicina
Toru Toronia toru
Totara Podocarpus totara
Towai Streblus banksii
Turepo Streblus heterophyllus
Wax-leaved coprosma Coprosma tenuifolia
Weeping broom Chordospartium stevensonii
Wharangi Melicope ternata
Whau Entelea arborescens
Wheki-ponga Dicksonia fibrosa
White maire Nestegis lanceolata
Wineberry / Makomako Aristotelia serrata
Yellow silver pine Lepidothamnus intermedius
  Pittosporum ellipticum
  Pittosporum virgatum
  Pseudopanax chathamicus
  Pseudopanax discolor


Commonly grown commercial forestry species

Our commercially grown exotic trees support a thriving  forestry sector that provides a broad range of economic, ecological, and social benefits. 

However some commonly grown commercial trees can also present weed problems in some situations. Before planting, forests must be assessed for the risk of conifer species spreading to land outside the plantation. Use the Wilding Tree Risk Calculator to assess the risk for your site. 

The regulations controlling the planting of commercial species include:

  • the National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry, 
  • the Resource Management Act 1991, and
  • the Biosecurity Act 1993 (working through regional pest management plans).
Common name Scientific name
Bishop pine (w) Pinus muricata
Black pine (w) Pinus nigra
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon
Brown barrel Eucalyptus fastigata
Brown top stringbark Eucalyptus obliqua
Coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens
Douglas Fir (w) Pseudotsuga menziesii
European larch (w) Larix decidua
Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica
Lawson cypress Cupressus lawsoniana
Leyland cypress Cupressus leylandii
Macrocarpa Cupressus macrocarpa
Oak Quercus spp
Poplar Populus spp.
Princess tree Paulownia tomentosa
Radiata Pine (w) Pinus radiata
Shining gum Eucalyptus nitens
Southern Mahogany Eucalyptus botryoides
Stringy gum Eucalyptus regnans
Sydney blue gum Eucalyptus saligna
White Ceder Cupressus lusitanica
White stringy bark Eucalyptus globoidea
Willow Salix spp.
Yellow Stringybark Eucalyptus muelleriana

(w) = Identified as a potential wilding conifer in the Government's National Wilding Control Programme


References and further information

As with all planting, people should think carefully about the species they choose and the places they plant. In addition to native trees many plant nurseries stock a range of exotic trees that many people like to plant.

MPI has worked with nurseries over a number of years through mechanisms like the National Plant Pest Accord to ensure nurseries avoid propagating and selling species likely to cause weed problems. 

There are a wide range of resources that can help you in your tree planting decision, you may wish to contact:


Department of Conservation:

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network:

Landcare Research:

Managing Riparian Zones: DoC

The Native Trees of New Zealand, John T. Salmon 1980.

Landcare's Lucid Key for Weeds:

Contact us:

If you have any concerns or questions about tree species being planted under the One Billion Trees programme please email us at

The One Billion Trees Programme Team
Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua

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