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Operating requirements for log traders and forestry advisers

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Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service would like your feedback on proposed continuing professional development requirements for registered forestry advisers, and exemptions, practice standards, and identified industry agreements for registered log traders and forestry advisers.

Consultation opens on 26 January and ends at 5pm on 23 February 2023.

Consultation document

Operating requirements for log traders and forestry advisers [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Background information

In August 2020, the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act 2020 came into effect. When it commenced on 6 August 2022, it established the Forestry Authority and registration system for log traders and forestry advisers in the Forests Act 1949 (the Act).  

It will become an offence to operate without registration on 7 August 2023, and penalties under the Act will apply.

Under the Act, various requirements can be made for how registered log traders and forestry advisers must carry out their business.  We would like your feedback on the proposed requirements in these areas:

  • continuing professional development
  • exemptions
  • practice standards
  • industry agreements.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

CPD is an ongoing requirement to undertake professional and technical training once registered. We are interested in your view on whether a CPD requirement should be set, as well as your view on all elements of a potential CPD requirement.

Exemptions

Exemptions can be made that mean that either a person does not need to register, or may not need to meet registration requirements for a particular service or activity.

We are interested in your view on the inclusion of specific exemptions and your view on any other exemptions that may be appropriate.

Practice standards

Practice standards are rules that define the practice expectations for registered log traders and forestry advisers. We are interested in your view on the possible practice standards for log traders and forestry advisers.

Industry agreements

Industry agreements may be identified as applicable industry agreements. Registered log traders and forestry advisers must comply with an applicable industry agreement that they have entered into, or an organisation they belong to has entered into. We are interested in your view on the inclusion of any industry agreements.

Making your submission

Submissions close at 5pm on 23 February 2023.

We encourage you to make your submission electronically by using the online submission form. You may also make your submission by email or post.  

By email

If you are sending us a submission by email, we encourage you to use the submission template. It has the same questions as the online form.

Submission template [DOCX, 76 KB]

When you have completed your submission, email it to teururakau@mpi.govt.nz

By post

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

Operating Requirements for Log Traders and Forestry Advisers
Forestry Operational Policy (FMAP)
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include in your submission

  • The title of the consultation document: "Operating Requirements for Log Traders and Forestry Advisers".
  • Your name.
  • 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).

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