This is a combined submission from the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) and NZ Farm Forestry Association. The combined nature of the submission presents a strong unified voice from the forest growers and managers, who are involved on an international scale with maintaining forestry as the third largest export earner for New Zealand and the forest contractors who very directly produce the wood for the markets and pay directly for training their workforce.
In December 2018, Te Uru Rākau, the Forest Owners Association and the Forest Industry Contractors Association, with support from Competenz, surveyed the silviculture and harvesting sectors’ labour requirements for 2019.
The Forest Owners Association has today launched a series of 28 Forest Practice Guides. The Guides are a joint venture between the forest sector and MPI and were initiated as part of the implementation of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) which came into force on 1 May.
MPI has developed guidance to help you understand and implement the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). You can download the entire guides of just the parts that are relevant to you.
The following guidance is provided for Inspectors who engage with duty holders working near power lines. This could include tree felling operations, operating mobile plant and arboriculture operations.
The forestry industry plays an important role in New Zealand’s economy, and the industry works hard to educate its members to a high standard. However, it is an industry with significant risks and has suffered a large number of fatalities and work related injuries over the years.