PTI NZ allies with PNG Forestry Products

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has formed a strategic partnership with Papua New Guinea’s Forestry Products (PNGFP) after a Path to Market Workshop in Port Moresby in December 2017. 

PNGFP had just won a multi-million-dollar project with Opus to re-deck the Rakaia Gorge Bridge in Canterbury.

PTI NZ’s Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong and Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade ran two workshops in PNG attended by 25 people in Port Moresby and 15 in Lae.

Seth Pardoe, PNGFP General Manager Commercial, wasted no time in getting in touch with PTI NZ for market information in New Zealand on potential use for PNG Timber Products whilst attending the PTI workshop in Port Moresby.

He had long been a friend of PTI and has been a travelling companion for many years on trade missions run by Business Councils, Foreign Ministers and even Prime Ministers to a range of Pacific Islands, Mr Greenslade said.

Mr Pardoe moved from Hawkins into Kiwifruit farming before taking up his new General Manager role.

“We were delighted to hear from Seth that he has accepted a role in Papua New Guinea as General Manager – Commercial for PNG Forest Products,” Mr Greenslade said.

PTI NZ is associated with the New Zealand Tropical Timber Importers Group.

With Mr Pardoe attending the workshop, the door has opened for PTI NZ to assist PNGFP with future potential opportunities to supply timber products to New Zealand companies.

PNGFP became involved in a project to upgrade the running deck of the bridge due to its poor condition and the original timber plank design. After much consultation with Opus and the engineers, PNGFP’s Niu Deck was chosen. Strong and lightweight but flexible with a proven track record as a road decking system.

Niu Deck is manufactured from 100% sustainable pine, utilising the veneer preservation system where individual sheets of veneer are preservative-treated before being fabricated into plywood.  The method ensures complete protection from termites and fungal decay otherwise known as rotting.

The Rakaia Bridge was built between 1880 and 1882 made of wrought iron with a 55m long span, for single vehicle lane facilitating travel between the surrounding farms and towns.

For more information please email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at

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