A Maori-owned forestry firm in Kawerau says its export business to China is booming after North America all but pulled out of the market place.
KFL says China likes New Zealand wood because it is stable, easy to work with and is priced right.
Managing director Jacob Kajavala says he has taken on new staff to keep up with demand.
KFL employs about 50 staff in Kawerau. Last month 110 job losses were announced in the town at newsprint manufacturer Norske Skog following the shutdown of one of its two paper machines at the mill.