Please complete our short survey

Hi there! If you own or operate a small sawmill (e.g. Peterson, Mahoe, Turbo, Wood-Mizer, Lucas etc), or use a contract sawmiller, we would like your opinion about an initiative to establish an industry association for small-scale sawmillers and others working with alternative (sometimes called specialty) NZ timbers.
Responding to this survey will help us to understand your activities and role in the industry, your concerns about the industry, and how an association could help resolve them. Your responses will help us gauge the likely support for an association that could help practitioners in areas such as branding, marketing, health and safety, training and product development.
Ideally, we would like the business owner or senior manager to complete the survey, which should not take longer than 15 minutes. Your identity and responses will be anonymous and confidential. Many thanks for your input.

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* 1. Please tell us who you are (all information will be kept entirely confidential)

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* 2. Is sawmilling an important part of your business?

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* 3. Is your saw-milling operation/the sawmiller you use

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* 4. Do you operate

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* 5. If you work at a permanent base, where do you get your logs from?

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* 6. If you operate a mobile service, what region do you cover?

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* 7. What make and model of mill/mills do you/your contract sawmiller operate?

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* 8. What species do you mainly mill (tick as many as apply)

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* 9. If you operate from a permanent base (either with your own sawmill or using a contract sawmiller), please estimate the volumes of softwood and hardwood timber you mill annually (in tonnes or cubic metres)

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* 10. If you are a mobile sawmiller, please give a rough estimate the volumes of  softwood and hardwood timber you mill annually (in tonnes or cubic metres)

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* 11. Do you undertake any further processing following milling? If yes please tick all that apply

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* 12. Where does the timber you mill go (tick all that apply)

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* 13. How do you publicise your services or the timber that you are marketing? (tick all that apply)

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* 14. Have you had any sawmilling training other than 'on the job'?

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* 15. How satisfied are you with the sawmilling industry you are part of?

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* 16. What are some of the problems you face in your sawmilling work? Please specify the top 3:

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* 17. What are some potential solutions/improvements you would like to see in the industry? Please specify the top 3

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* 18. What kind of support would you like to receive from other stakeholders to help grow your business and to help the industry as a whole (e.g. from suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, government, end-users)? (tick all that apply)

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* 19. Are you a member of any relevant industry association ?

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* 20. Would you be interested in joining an industry association for people involved in sawmilling and working with alternative/specialty timbers, as described in the discussion document?

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* 21. What services do you think an association could most usefully offer small-scale sawmillers and others in the alternative timber industry? (Tick all that apply)

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* 22. Do you have any other comments on the discussion document and plans to develop an industry association for sawmillers and others working with alternative timbers?

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* 23. What is your gender?

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* 24. What age bracket are you in?

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* 25. What is your highest level of education?

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* 26. What is your expected annual gross income from your sawmilling business (i.e. before tax and expenses)?

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* 27. Can we contact you again to discuss this proposal further?

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