Newsletter 109, May 2018
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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The NZ Standard Development Group (SDG) are pleased to announce that the second public consultation draft of the FSC National Standard for Certification of Plantation Forest Management in NZ is now available for comment and feedback.
All necessary documentation and information is located on the NZ Forest Management Standards Consultation page on the FSC New Zealand website. This includes a revised draft of the Standard and SDG decisions on submissions.
Please remember to send your feedback to email@example.com by 5pm on 22 June 2018.
Creating healthier and safer workplaces together – key information and video:
People are your business’s most valuable asset. ACC is proposing some new, enhanced products they believe will help lead to healthier and safer workplaces and they’d like to know what you think. These products will more closely link your health and safety performance with the amount you pay ACC. So, it’s important you understand what’s being proposed and how it might affect you.
Find out more and have your say at shapeyouracc.co.nz/workplace-incentives
For a quick flavour of what’s being proposed, see the video?
Tim Carthew, ACC
The Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry) Amendment Regulations 2018 were gazetted on 26 April 2018 and are now available on the NZ Legislation website.
These came into force on 1 May 2018.
The amendments (of which there are 12) are of a minor and technical nature and bring additional clarity and consistency to the NES-PF providing greater certainty to foresters and local government.
Amendments include clarification or correction on:
Updated guidance (plan alignment guide; user guide and consent and compliance guide) is now available on the MPI website.
If you have any questions in relation to the above please either phone 0800 00 83 33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Heeg, MPI
The Government asked the Commission to identify options for how New Zealand can reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions through a transition to a low-emissions economy, while at the same time continuing to grow income and wellbeing.
The Productivity Commission invite you to contribute to the next stage of our inquiry and share your feedback on the Draft Report. Make a submission here by 8 June 2018.
See some comments on the draft report from the Bioenergy Association here ».
The NZ Government has launched its new forestry service, but it's yet to decide on its exact function, size and governance structure. Te Uru Rakau will be in charge of delivering the Government's One Billion Trees programme.
Forestry Minister Shane Jones made the announcement in Rotorua last Friday. "Te Uru Rakau will build a strong and dedicated forestry presence in Rotorua, recognising that Rotorua is at the heart of the forestry sector in New Zealand. Forestry is our third largest export earner - with an annual gross income of about NZ$5 billion - and has the potential to grow," the Minister said.
The Government also announced a new Ministerial advisory group made up of 10 forestry experts. The Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group will help provide advice on delivering the One Billion Trees programme. It will be possible to follow the One Billion Trees programme online with a virtual tree counter.
"This will be updated weekly throughout the winter planting season and will show how many trees have been planted, the number of tree seedlings sold and the percentage of native versus exotic species," Mr Jones said.
The service will get NZ$15m of funding in Budget 2018. New Zealand First is claiming it as a win, with Fletcher Tabuteau saying re-establishing New Zealand's forestry service is a key aspect of the coalition. "As an MP based in Rotorua, I'm particularly happy to see our region's proud forestry industry once again put in the spotlight," Mr Tabuteau said.