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Code of ethics for registered forestry advisers

Have your say

In 2020, the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act was passed by Parliament. This Act establishes a Forestry Authority and a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers.

We are seeking feedback on the draft code of ethics for registered forestry advisers. The consultation will be open from 13 June 2022 to 11 July 2022. The code of ethics will be in place by 6 August 2022, when registration for forestry advisers will begin.

Consultation document

Draft Code of ethics for registered forestry advisers (discussion document that contains the draft code of ethics) [PDF, 3 MB]

Related information

Registration of log traders and forestry advisers

Regulatory Impact Statement: Registration for log traders and Forestry Advisers under the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act 2020 [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill – NZ Legislation

Forests (Registration of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act 2020 – NZ Legislation

What's being proposed?

Registered forestry advisers will need to comply with a code of ethics. This code will guide how forestry advisers conduct themselves and their business. 

It will assure people that they can have confidence in the integrity and skills of forestry advisers.

Making your submission

Send us your submission by 5pm on 11 July 2022.

Our preference is for you to make a submission electronically – either by completing the online form or by email. However, we will also accept written submissions sent by post.

Online submission form

Draft code of ethics for registered forestry advisers – Alchemer

By email

If you are sending us a submission by email, we'd encourage you to use the submission templates, which have the same questions as the online form:

Submission template: draft code of ethics for forestry advisers [DOCX, 80 KB]

When you have completed your submission, email it to

By post

If you prefer to make your submission in writing, send it to:

Forestry Advisers Code of Ethics Consultation
Forestry Operational Policy (FMAP)
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Next steps

After the consultation closes, we will summarise the feedback we have received and will make this available to the public. We will then make final recommendations on the code of ethics.

The registration system will start on 6 August 2022. 

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation