Processors are slamming successive governments for failing to support New Zealand's struggling wood processing mills.
Around half of all logs harvested in New Zealand go to the domestic market.
The victim had been manually felling trees using a chainsaw when the incident happened.
"Forestry and farming work best in partnership."
Plans are underway to create an industry group for people working in New Zealand's speciality timber industry.
The Forests Amendment Bill will require forestry advisers, log traders and exporters to join a register and require them to work nationally agreed practice standards.
The worker was hauling logs from a hill when one of the logs snapped and the machine rolled down the hill.
The Forest Owners Association has apologised and said the industry is committed to cleaning the beach and owners will pay for it, not ratepayers.
It disputes figures showing how much farming land has gone to planting forests for carbon credits.