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L INDSAY & D IXON L I M I T E D CERTIFIED • WOODPRODUCTS • NATURALLY Southland Beech: A Little History and a Lot of Education The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife for The specification of Southland Beechthat dependthe new Manukau on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Institute of Technology campus highlights the role of education in changing mindsets. Architects Warren & Mahoney specified Southland Beech veneers and solid timbers in a decision that fused authentic NZ building materials with the dynamic growth of business, IT and logistics disciplines which are planned for the new building. But for many architects a 2013 survey identified that the influential history of Southland Beech had been a mystery. Southland Beech is a naturally regenerating and flourishing indigenous species. Its availability stems back to the little known 1906 South Island Landless Natives Act and the subsequent Waitutu Block Settlement Act. The Waitutu Act witnessed the gifting of virgin Rimu forest to the Conservation estate, for the enjoyment of all New Zealanders, in exchange for rights to harvest areas of Beech forest in Southland. Lindsay & Dixon have the sole environmental management and marketing authority vested in them by the Waitutu iwi, with the tribe deriving its primary income from the sustainably managed and internationally FSC certified Beech resource base. A history lesson, a unique and beautiful building material and a magnificent outcome. Lindsay & Dixon join with Waitutu in congratulating MIT and Warren & Mahoney for bringing the beauty of Southland Beech and the history of Waitutu back to the fore. The mark of responsible forestry Lindsay & Dixon Limited Tel: 021 226 6059, email: