Our Company History

Rosenfeld Kidson & Co. Ltd is a specialist timber company stocking New Zealand’s largest range of over 50 species of specialist timbers, both imported and locally grown.  These timbers are distributed to joiners, furniture manufacturers, cabinetmakers, boat builders, flooring contractors and the construction industry throughout the country, primarily via selected timber merchant resellers.

The company was incorporated in 1930 when John Kidson and Australian Julius Rosenfeld formed a partnership to import hardwood from Australia.  New South Wales hardwoods were in demand during the depression years for wharf and bridge construction, as well as power reticulation.

For the next 65 years the company operated from The Strand in Parnell, Auckland, before moving in 1996 to new purpose built premises in Mt Wellington - an 11,000m2 site with 2000m2 drive-through warehouse and another 1000m2 of covered storage. The business also operates a second 2500m2 site in Auckland where its state of the art timber processing facility is located. It also has a second sales and warehouse facility in Hornby, Christchurch, which manages distribution to our South Island customers.

As Rosenfeld Kidson approaches 90 years in business, the company is in its fourth generation of ownership and operation.  The success and longevity of the company has largely hinged on the efforts and experience of dedicated and loyal staff, who are able to provide our customers with a wealth of knowledge about the specialist timbers we sell.

Our sourcing policy

Rosenfeld Kidson acknowledges the importance of conserving the world’s greatest renewable resource.

We source our specialist timbers from suppliers around the globe who are committed to the responsible and sustainable management of the forest resource in which they operate.  Primarily we work to secure supply from sources that are known to be both legal and well-managed.

As founding members of both the NZTIA (New Zealand Timber Importers’ Association) and ITTG (International Tropical Timber Group) we are bound to source our timbers from those parts of the world where sound environmental forestry policies are practiced and where sustainable yield management of the region’s forests is the aim.

FSC and PEFC certified timbers

Our current focus is to increase the volume of imports covered by third party, independently verified certification of legality and responsible management.  Rosenfeld Kidson is New Zealand’s largest stockist of environmentally certified imported timbers.  Certification schemes such as FSC®, PEFC, AFS, SFI, CSA, and ATFS provide us and our customers with an independent and globally recognised assurance that the resource is being managed responsibly.

Rosenfeld Kidson & Co. Ltd holds FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification for the purchase, storage and sale of timber from 'FSC 100%' and 'FSC Mixed' sources.  FSC Certificate No. SGSHK-COC-006703 refers.

We also hold PEFC CoC certification. PEFC registration no. SGS-PEFC/01-31-159 refers.

Independent, third party audited CoC certification provides designers, specifiers and consumers assurance that those forest and wood products labelled as FSC or PEFC do in fact originate from legal sources, which are managed to prescribed social, economic and environmental standards.

Explore the range of hardwood and softwood timbers we stock in our timber species guide or ask us for advice on our timber species. Contact us.