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National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) May 2018

We explain the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).

Please note: This page is currently under review - if you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Steve Sykes or call 0272261793.

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF)

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) came into force on 1 May 2018.  This new standard prevails over any plan rules that duplicate or conflict from this date. 

Under the RMA (Resource Management Act - section 44a) the Regional Council must identify where the plan rules duplicate or conflict with the NES-PF and remove the duplication or conflict from the plan.  This must happen as soon as practical after 1 May 2018.  Councils can make these amendments to plans without public notification, submissions or consultation. 

Until the plan alignment is fully completed, you can also go to the MPI website, with guidance for people in the Forestry Industry and councils alike.

To interpret your obligations under the NES-PF, you will need to access the MPI's website:

You can also find the legislation here


If you have any questions about whether the new NES-PF regulations apply to your forestry activities, please get in touch with  Steve Sykes or call 0272261793.

For permitted activity notifications please apply online here, or for further enquiries  please email us here.

If you need to apply for a resource consent for forestry activities please apply using this form.

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