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Extending time to re-establish forests for participants in the Emissions Trading Scheme affected by severe weather in 2023

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We are consulting on a second set of temporary changes to forestry in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) to help foresters affected by severe weather in early 2023. The first consultation was held between the 2 and 10 May 2023.

In this second consultation, we are seeking feedback on making another temporary change to the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA).

Find out about the first consultation on making temporary changes to the NZ ETS

What is being proposed?

In the NZ ETS, you have specific timeframes to re-establish forest after harvesting or other clearing. If forest isn't replanted or regenerated within these timeframes, the land is treated as deforested. This means you need to surrender units. The proposed change gives foresters in areas affected by severe weather 3 more years to re-establish forest species on their land.

This consultation opened on 25 July and closes at 12pm on 3 August 2023.

Consultation documents

Amendment to the Climate Change Response Act 2002 under the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 [PDF, 309 KB]

Related information

Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 – NZ Legislation

Extensions to ETS deadlines for areas affected by severe weather in early 2023

How the ETS defines deforestation

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposal to

We must get your submission by 12pm on 3 August 2023.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Attention: SWERLA proposals
Forestry and Land Management Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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