MPI consults on registration system plans

Wednesday 1 Dec 2021

Key players in the forestry industry are encouraged to have their say on the design of a new registration system for log traders and forestry advisors with consultation opening late last week. Legislation introduced in 2020 aims to raise professional standards across the forestry supply chain by requiring forestry advisers and log traders to register.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service’s Director Forestry and Land Management Oliver Hendrickson says the system will provide assurances for anyone dealing with registered forestry advisers that they are receiving expert and impartial advice from people with the right knowledge and experience.

“These changes will also support a more open marketplace for the large number of new forest owners bringing their timber to the market for the first time. They also increase investor confidence in commercial forestry, support long term investment, and meet the broader objectives for land management and climate change."

“We want to ensure the registration system is fit for purpose, practical, and effective which is why we are consulting on its design."

Oliver Hendrickson says the forestry and wood processing sector makes an important contribution to the economy, communities, and the environment.

“These are key aspects of Fit for a Better World, our roadmap for the Food and Fibre sector to drive New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19."

“Ensuring we have an effective registration system for log traders and forestry advisers will help provide ongoing confidence, openness and certainty across the sector.”

Consultation is open from 26 November through until 17 January 2022.

Find out more about the consultation and have your say at the MPI Website


Registration for log traders and forestry advisers - Have your say. In 2020, the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Act was passed by Parliament. This Act establishes a Forestry Authority and a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers.

The Ministry of Primary Industries is are seeking feedback on the proposed rules and regulations to create a basic registration systems for log traders and forestry advisers.

Basic registration requirements will establish:
• who is entitled to register
• matters to take into account in the ‘fit and proper person’ test
• initial obligations for log traders and forestry advisers
• processes for complaints and disputes, and information to be displayed on the public registers.

From 6 August 2022, there is a one-year transition period for log traders and forestry advisers to get registered.

From 6 August 2023, it will be an offence to operate as a log trader or forestry adviser without being registered.


Source: Ministry of Primary Industries

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