Whakaaetanga Ngahere

Forestry consents

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) applied from 1 May 2018.

The NES-PF objectives are to maintain or improve the environmental outcomes associated with managing plantation forestry activities, and to increase efficiencies and certainty of managing these activities under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

NES-PF regulations cover 8 core plantation forestry activities that have potential environmental effects:

  • afforestation
  • pruning and thinning to waste
  • earthworks
  • river crossings
  • forestry quarrying
  • harvesting
  • mechanical land preparation
  • replanting.

Foresters who undertake any of these plantation forestry activities will need to comply with the NES-PF.

The NES-PF applies to any forest of at least one hectare that's been planted specifically for commercial purposes and will be harvested.

NES-PF are regulations under the RMA that provide a nationally consistent standards to manage the environmental effects of plantation forestry activities.

Do I need a consent?

These checklists will guide you on whether the activity requires a resource consent. Guide for NES plantation forestry:

Information about applying for resource consent, permitted activities and management plans

Under Regulation 6 of the NES-PF there's a range of situations where our Tairawhiti Plan rules still apply.

Check where Local Rules Still Apply in our District PDF, 155.28 KB.

The key parts of the Tairawhiti Plan where the rules still apply are in relation to:

  • Coastal management
  • Cultural and historic heritage
  • Freshwater
  • Natural heritage

Email us if you have any questions.

NES Forestry Activities Consent Application Guidelines PDF, 190.4 KB
outlines the information required with a resource consent application

For earthworks, harvesting or forestry quarrying (including the use of borrowed pits) you are required to prepare and submit management plans for each activity.

Management plans are required for consent applications and permitted activities.

These checklists will guide you on what's required with a management plan:

Earthworks and Harvesting Management Plan Checklist PDF, 96.73 KB

Quarry Erosion and Sediment Management Plan Checklist PDF, 89.93 KB

To apply for a forestry consent under NES-PF you need to:

Submit a completed Resource Consent Application Form, provide all the information as outlined in the guide, and provide the relevant management plan.

Note: Writable PDFs must be saved to your computer first before you fill it in and email it to us.  Email applications to RClodgements@gdc.govt.nz

You must notify Council of any forestry activities which meet the permitted activity standards, they are:

  • afforestation
  • earthworks
  • river crossings
  • forestry quarrying
  • harvesting.

Permitted activities must be notified to us on the form below with the required management plan, at least 20 working days and no more than 60 working days prior to the activity starting.

Notice to Undertake Permitted Plantation Forestry Activities PDF, 112.34 KB

Note: you must also submit a management plan with your notification.

Email both your form and management plan to us.

Please email us if you have any questions

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The Tairawhiti Resource Management Plan - shows where the NES-PF applies and when our rules prevail over the NES-PF.

Tairawhiti Maps - the erosion and susceptibility classification and associated layers, NZLRI, geology and soil types.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has developed guidance

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

Fish Spawning Indicator
Can be used to assess environmental risks when disturbing rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands when fish are spawning.

Wilding Tree Risk Calculator
For assessing for the risk of conifer species spreading to land outside the plantation.

NES-PF Guidance
MPI has developed guidance to help understand and implement NES-PF

Forest Practice Guides - best practice guides for forestry activities.