New Zealand's PF Olsen acquires Rotorua Forest Nursery, which produces some 15 million/year bareroot radiata pine seedlings; acquisition is important to PF Olsen’s growth strategy and aligned with its purpose of optimizing value of forestry

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ROTORUA, New Zealand , August 31, 2023 (press release) –

We are pleased to formally advise of the acquisition of Rotorua Forest Nursery effective 1 August 2023.  

The nursery produces approximately 15 million bareroot Pinus radiata seedlings per annum from three separate leased land blocks from local iwi in close proximity.  

This acquisition is important to PF Olsen’s growth strategy, and strategically aligned to our purpose of optimizing the value of forestry for a better future. It complements our containerized seedling business at Waiuku (that produces 6m seedlings per annum) and gives us greater flexibility to meet our clients’ needs. 

Rotorua Forest Nursery will continue to serve its existing clients, including PF Olsen Limited. The previous owner operators Peter and Jenny Harington will continue to provide technical and operational support to the nursery for the next two years.  

The new nursery manager, Matt Jackman, is an accomplished nurseryman with significant knowledge in horticulture. Matt is supported by two other experienced nursery managers, Mandy Spence (Operations Manager) and Ana Saine (Assistant Nursery Manager).  Matt and the team will work closely with iwi landowners, clients and all key stakeholders in delivering business results. They will build upon the strong brand Peter and Jenny have established for further success.  

We are currently planning for the 2024 crop, so to avoid missing out on treestocks for planting next year, please contact the nurseries for your order: 

For Rotorua Nursery (bareroot): 
For Waiuku Nursery (containerised): 

Please refer to Scott Downs (, Director of Sales and Marketing for media queries. 

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