Registration of forestry professionals
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is developing a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers. The new registration system will start on 6 August 2022.
New laws for log traders and forestry advisers
In August 2020, Parliament enacted the Forests (Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act. Under the Act, log traders and forestry advisers must register to operate from 6 August 2022.
From 6 August 2022, there will be a one-year transition period for log traders and forestry advisers to register before penalties will apply.
Public consultation on proposed regulations
We would like your feedback on the details of the proposed registration system. Public consultation is open from 26 November 2021 to 17 January 2022.
What is a log trader?
Under the Act, a log trader is a person who:
- buys logs grown in New Zealand. Logs can be trees already harvested or trees to be harvested at an agreed time, or
- exports logs grown in New Zealand, or
- processes logs they have grown themselves, or
- acts as an agent for another person doing any of those things.
A log trader can also be a company that transfers ownership of logs grown in New Zealand to or from a related company. The logs can be trees already harvested, or trees to be harvested at an agreed time.
The legislation has the full definition of a log trader.
What is a forestry adviser?
Under the Act, a forestry adviser is someone who gives advice to a client about:
- establishing, managing, or protecting a forest
- managing or protecting forest land, including future forest land
- appraising, harvesting, selling, or using timber or other forest produce
- appraising a forest, forest land, or other forestry sector assets
- applying the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to forestry activities
- the beneficial effects of forests.
Forest advisers may also:
- act on behalf of another person in relation to their sale or purchase of timber or other forest produce
- make inspections or prepare reports in connection with another forestry adviser service.
A forestry adviser must be registered when they provide any of these services to a client for reward.
A person won't need to register in the new system when forestry advice is incidental to their business, and not the main part. There are other situations when registration will not be required.
The legislation has the full definition of a forestry adviser.
Benefits of the registration system
The registration system will include a public register for anyone to access.
The system will assure people that the registered log traders and forest advisers they are dealing with meet the forestry practice standards. It will also help assure people that they are receiving expert and impartial advice from forest advisers with the right knowledge and experience.
Registered log traders and forestry advisers will need to meet a fit and proper person test to register. They may have to provide evidence of their qualifications and experience in the forestry and wood processing sector.
A new complaints process will be set up for dealing with complaints about registered log traders and forestry advisers.
Background documents and information
History of the bill
Further information and reports
Who to contact
If you have questions, email TeUruRakau@mpi.govt.nz