About Us

About Us

Woodbank is a New Zealand based, specialist forestry management business.

Woodbank was founded by Darrin Collett in 2004 and initially focused solely on the provision of harvesting and marketing solutions to private forest owners in the Auckland and Northland regions.

Since then Woodbank has grown its service base to include general forest management, tropical forest management and consulting in carbon forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Woodbank is proud to firmly support local contractors and employees and maintains close working relationships with key forest product customers in their regions of operation. Woodbank has an excellent reputation in the market and an enviable history of clients who have been impressed with our service over the years.

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Darrin Collett







Darrin Collett is a 20 year industry veteran having served a number of years at some of New Zealand’s most prominent forest companies, with various roles in Rayonier and Fletcher Challenge Forests.

Darrin has extensive experience in all aspects commercial Forestry and consults regularly to a number of NGO’s on tropical forest management.

He also holds the national record for heaviest marlin at the Papua New Guinea fishing club.


 Greg O'Grady

Greg has 25 years’ experience in the forestry industry and this includes a combined experience of harvesting, engineering, distribution, forestry management and harvesting and marketing.

He is experienced in all aspects of harvesting management relevant to Health & Safety, Environmental management, Value recovery, Customer and client relationships and optimizing cost control to the forest owner.

Greg has built a strong operational background in Northland over the past 15 years, having formerly managed the Hancock operations of 1.5 million tons per annum.

Greg’s experience also crosses into Asia, having implemented harvesting projects in Indonesia and South Africa.



Ted Temple

Ted has a dual background in both management of forest harvesting operations, and environmental consulting within the civil construction sector.  Since 1996, he has been in Harvesting Supervisor roles for a range of corporate forestry companies including, Forestry Corporation of NZ, Fletcher Challenge Forests and Carter Holt Harvey Forests.  In the civil construction arena, he has worked as an Environmental Consultant since 2005, where he provides consulting services to construction contractors around best practice management of earthworks operations, specializing in Erosion and Sediment Control.  Based in Auckland, Ted operates as Environmental and Procurement Manager, utilizing both his knowledge of roading and harvesting operations, and the environmental requirements of construction projects, to procure and manage woodlot harvesting operations.  Outside of work Ted enjoys shredding local mountain bike trails.



Ben Costley

Ben is the Geospatial Information System (GIS) handyman of the team. He graduated from Canterbury University with a degree in Forestry Engineering with honours.

Ben began working fulltime at the beginning of 2020 having worked an internship over the summer of 2018/19.

You will also find Ben out and about doing the odd jobs in the bush.

Ben also has a passion for rugby. He can be seen playing on Saturday mornings for his East Coast Bays team.