Our work and partnerships

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works closely with a number of partners. We take a sector-wide approach to growing the forestry sector, contributing to the economy, and protecting the environment.

We work within New Zealand and internationally

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service:

  • works with other New Zealand government agencies
  • partners with councils, the forest industry, and iwi
  • works on international policies and agreements.


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Our New Zealand government partners

Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) advises the government on policies and issues affecting the environment, in addition to the relevant environmental laws and standards.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works with MfE to maintain and improve environmental outcomes associated with forestry.

MfE is responsible for measuring the carbon in New Zealand forests to help it track greenhouse gas emissions and removals from forestry.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works closely with MfE on standards and regulations like the Emissions Trading Scheme and the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for conservation efforts across New Zealand. Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works with DOC to sustainably manage and conserve forests in New Zealand. We ensure:

  • Sustainability limits are set for all harvests.
  • During harvesting, trees containing hollows used by native fauna are set aside to provide important habitats for birds and insects.
  • MPI runs a variety of schemes to encourage regeneration and additional planting of indigenous forests.

We also partner with DOC:

  • on planting initiatives under the One Billion Trees Programme
  • in maintaining and improving environmental outcomes associated with forestry
  • in co-funding the land-cover database.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

LINZ is a New Zealand government department responsible for a number of functions around location information, including geographical information and surveying. They also handle land titles, and manage Crown land and property. 

LINZ is the key provider of data for Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service’s geospatial team, including parcel data, land title owner data and aerial imagery. We share our expertise across both agencies.

Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ministry of Social Development (MSD), and Department of Corrections

We deliver workforce strategies and programmes together with MBIE (through Immigration New Zealand), Corrections, and MSD.

Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK)  

Te Puni Kōkiri means ‘a group moving forward together’. They provide guidance to government about policies affecting Māori and advise on Government-Māori relationships, as well as leading public policy for Māori.

We work with TPK to support Māori landowners.

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)

The New Zealand Defence Force works to keep New Zealand safe and secure.

We work with the Defence Force on the Matariki Tu Rākau planting programme. Part of the One Billion Trees Programme, Matariki Tu Rākau provides funding for the planting of living memorials to our service men and women.


Scion is a Crown research institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, wood-derived materials, and other biomaterial sectors.

We’re working with Scion to progress the next generation of forestry technology.

Other partners like councils, the forest industry, and iwi

Regional partners

City, district and regional councils have hugely important and multifaceted roles to play in managing forests in their areas. Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works closely with councils in their forestry work.  


  • help monitor the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF)
  • provide information and advice about forestry through regional council land management teams
  • manage the Resource Consent process for planting under the Resource Management Act
  • administer and allocate funding to combat erosion in their area
  • help administer and allocate funding for One Billion Trees projects and initiatives in their area, including planting events like Matariki Tu Rākau.
Find out more

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

Hill Country Erosion Programme

Erosion Control Funding Programme

Funding to help plant one billion trees

Matariki Tu Rākau

Working with the forestry industry

We work with a wide range of forestry industry organisations to inform our work towards a common goal of growing the forestry sector. We consult on new policies and regulations, collect and provide data on and to the sector, and support sector activities.

Organisations we work with include:

Working with iwi

Māori have strong cultural and spiritual links to indigenous forests, and Māori involvement in plantation forestry is steadily increasing as Treaty of Waitangi settlements are made. Forestry provides an option for the protection of lands, employment, and economic benefits.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service works closely with Māori landowners, Māori forestry organisations, and iwi across all our business areas.

Our international work

New Zealand's international commitments

New Zealand is working to achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and is committed to both domestic and international climate change progress. New Zealand is signatory to several international agreements that shape the decisions we make, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol, and we monitor our progress to sustainable forest management using the Montreal Process.

Climate change is a global problem, affecting every region, population, and economy around the world. To be successful in limiting the most harmful impacts of climate change, all countries need to contribute to reducing emissions.

New Zealand is working to achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and is committed to both domestic and international climate change progress.

Forests can play a significant role in helping to meet our international climate change targets, and sustainable forestry is important to ensure the long-term future of those forests.

Montréal Process

New Zealand monitors the sustainability of our forest management through an international system called the Montréal Process on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests (the Montréal Process).

The Montréal Process provides a common way for member countries to measure their progress towards sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enables countries to collectively consider how to mitigate climate change and cope with its impacts.

The UNFCCC was adopted by over 185 countries including New Zealand at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and took effect in March 1994.  

Its ultimate aim is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that prevents dangerous human interference with the climate system.

Paris Agreement

In December 2015, the UNFCCC held their 21st convention on climate change in Paris. It resulted in a worldwide agreement to hold average global temperatures at no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Over 180 countries signed what has become known as the Paris Agreement – the first of its kind. The Paris Agreement commits New Zealand to an ambitious target – to reduce emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Changes are being made to the ETS to meet our commitments under the agreement.

Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the UNFCCC, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

New Zealand ratified the Kyoto Protocol in December 2002. New Zealand’s obligations under the Kyoto Protocol include:

  • a responsibility emissions reduction target for the first commitment period (2008-2012) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels. New Zealand has met this target. 
  • submitting an annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions to the UNFCCC.

International forestry rules [PDF, 280 KB]

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