Northpine Ltd is a multi award-winning, privately-owned timber manufacturer based at Waipu, Lower Northland. Northpine was established in 1999 by Keith Reay, Richard Wilson and Bruce Larsen from the rundown assets of the defunct Waipu Timber Company.

Northpine timber products come only from sustainably managed, high density Northern pine forests – because reliable academic research shows that pine grown in the North is stronger, harder and stiffer than anywhere else in New Zealand.

There’s no ‘i’ in team

Northpine is a relatively small sawmill in terms of production, but with over 60 people on the payroll it is a significant employer in a tightknit community. Northpine invests heavily in staff training and development.

Northpine trains and retains the best people, encouraging each individual to achieve his/her full potential, and takes pride in recognising outstanding individual and company achievements. Senior management are degree qualified and employees hold a wide variety of technical qualifications specific to the industry.


Employing over 60 people, Northpine supplies high quality structural pine timber via merchants to the public nationwide, and to a select few wholesalers in Australia.


At the Waipu sawmill Radiata pine logs are sawn, kiln dried, gauged, stress tested, treated, strapped and wrapped. They are then trucked to timber and building supply merchants.

Northpine specialises in producing large dimension and non-standard timber beams, square posts and joists – sold under the Northbeam brand – to merchants nationwide.

Northbeam structural products are all independently verified by Grade Right to SG8 or SG10 standard and are BRANZ Appraised.

Northpine Vision Statement

“Good wood, good people, good systems and outstanding service – create sustainable high quality timber products which serve and support our communities.”

Keith Reay, founder of Northpine

“Northpine is a sawmill based on technical ability
and strong core values.” 

Key COntacts

Bruce Larsen

General Manager

Bruce has a B.For.Sc (Hons) and an M.B.A. With over 40 years of practical forest industry experience, initially as a forester before moving to sawmilling in 1999. 432 115

Lee Thompson

Key Account Manager 582 3793

Angela Purnell

Planning & Sales Manager

Strong on achievement

From humble beginnings in 1999 as little more than a hobby for its new owners, Northpine Ltd has grown to become one of the region’s most significant and successful timber manufacturers.

Northpine’s outstanding performance, sustained over time, has been recognised by its peers inside and outside the timber industry.

Annual production has grown from 7,500m3 to almost 30,000m3, despite severe challenges posed by the crippling recession caused by the GFC.

2022 Northland Forestry Award

- Wilson Family – Forestry Family of the Year
- Troy Wilson – Trainee of the Year

2021 Northland Forestry Award

- Ed Wilson – Wood Processing Excellence

2019 Northland Forestry Award

- Bruce Larsen – Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
‍- Ian King – Wood Processing Excellence

2018 Northland Forestry Award

- Shane Mansell - Wood Processing Excellence

2017 Northland Forestry Award

– Training Company of the Year
- Nathan Jacoby – Wood Processing Excellence

2016 Northland Forestry Award

– Bruce Larsen – Wood Processing Excellence
– Training Company of the Year

2013 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Award

– ACC Workplace Safety

2013 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Award

– Judges Commendation

“Good wood, good people, good systems and outstanding service create sustainable high quality timber products which serve and support our communities.” 

- Northpine Vision Statement