Registration of log traders and forestry advisers

Find out about the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill. The proposed legislation recommends a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers.


14 May 2020: First reading in Parliament of the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill.

15 May: The bill was referred to the Environment Select Committee.

21 May: Submissions closed with the committee at 11.59pm.

5 June: The committee will report back to Parliament.

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Why registration is proposed

The bill has been developed to aid continuous, predictable, and long-term supply of timber for domestic processing and export. This should result in greater confidence across the wood processing sector.

These changes are considered critical for the:

  • country’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality producer and exporter of wood products
  • improved economic, employment, and environmental outcomes for the industry and community regionally and nationally.

Government media release: New registration system for forestry advisers and log traders

Benefits of registration

The proposed changes are expected to:

  • increase the transparency and professionalism of log buying, selling, and trading activities
  • help develop and improve the long term sustainability of the domestic timber processing and the wider forestry sector
  • improve the confidence and information provided to businesses and investors in the forestry sector.

The bill will have also wider benefits such as:

  • having a regulatory system that will provide critical foundations to help the industry navigate what is anticipated to be a more volatile and uncertain trading environment during the COVID-19 recovery period
  • having a more transparent market, which will better connect owners of land and owners of trees, and particularly for first-time entrants to the market to timber processors and marketers of forest resources to domestic and overseas customers
  • contributing to improved economic and employment outcomes from the forestry sector nationally and for local communities
  • improving environmental and climate change conditions for New Zealand.

Cabinet paper and regulatory impact assessment

Cabinet paper: Proposed legislation for forestry licensing and registration [PDF, 817 KB]

Appendix 1 of the Cabinet paper: Impact of licensing and registration on key forestry stakeholders [PDF, 675 KB]

Regulatory impact assessment: Licensing and registration for forestry supply chain [PDF, 6 MB]

The bill and related document

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

Ministry for Primary Industries' disclosure statement – NZ Legislation

Further information and reports

Commercial forestry supply chain workshops: A wood legality definition and registration to strengthen professional standards in the forestry and log sales market [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Managing log supply to Northland mills – Scion

Analysis of the logistical options for improving log supply conditions for processors in regions facing supply constraints – Forme Consulting Group

More about the bill, its progress, and how to make a submission – New Zealand Parliament

Who to contact

If you have any questions, email

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