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Updated 30 April 2018 3:32pm

Plantation forestry is an important land use in the Greater Wellington region. It provides an economic use of land while delivering some environmental benefits e.g. erosion control.

Currently plantation forestry operations in the region have functioned under our operative and proposed regional plans. As of 1 May 2018, the new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) take effect. The NES-PF provides a new set of nationwide rules for plantation forestry activities. These rules prevail over our operative and proposed regional plans in most instances. 

Below are some FAQ's to assist with the implementation of the NES-PF

How will GWRC manage the new NES-PF?

GWRC will implement the NES-PF by:

  • Receiving notifications of various forestry activities that meet NES-PF rules
  • Requesting management plans for various forestry activities if required
  • Monitor compliance with the NES-PF rules
  • Process resource consents and carry out compliance with activities that do not meet NES-PF rules
What is now required from foresters?

As a foresters it is your responsibility to ensure that you:

  • Notify GWRC of forestry activities captured by rules in the NES-PF. This notification form can be used and be sent to
  • Check with GWRC to see if your existing activities are covered by existing use rights
  • Check with GWRC if any existing resource consents you hold give full effect to the NES-PF
  • Familiarise yourself with the new rules under the NES-PF and guidance material to ensure you can comply
What resources are available to assist?

Foresters can notify GWRC of forestry activities using this notification form. All written notices are to be sent to  

The Erosion Susceptibility Classification can be used to check erosion risk and whether activities will be undertaken on land which may require a resource consent

The Fish Spawning Calculator can be used to assess environmental risks when disturbing rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands

The Wilding Tree Risk Calculator is used when assessing afforestation activities

The MPI website has other useful guidance material to assist with implementing the NES-PF

Will I need a resource consent under the NES-PF?

Below are some helpful flowcharts to assist foresters to check if activities will require a resource consent:

Afforestation (subpart 1) - consent required?

Pruning and thinning to waste (subpart 2) - consent required?

Earthworks (subpart 3) - consent required?

River crossings (subpart 4) - consent required?

Forestry quarrying (subpart 5) - consent required?

Harvesting (subpart 6) - consent required?

Mechanical land preparation (subpart 7) - consent required?

Replanting (subpart 8) - consent required?