Hawkes Bay Forestry Group

Promoting Well Managed Plantation Forestry in the Bay

. . . Supporting Environmental Improvement

In collaboration with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Ministry of Primary Industries, define consenting and compliance monitoring templates consistent with the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). This will relate environmental risk in harvesting and engineering to down-stream features/site characteristics. The NES-PF will mandate consenting in Hawkes Bay from 1 May 2018 (presently most forestry operations are 'permitted'). The challenge here, is to ensure these changes support best practice without unduly compromising business fundimentals.

Provide a forum for discussion, including arranging field days, to share positive experience in environmental management and to encourage better performance where required. Support research and new technology including trial applications of unmanned aerial vehicles to assist in improving management decisions. Be a signatory of the HB Biodiversity strategy and represent forest industry in other change processes when permitted, including the TANK process which is refining the rules for the Heretaunga aquifer.

. . . Promoting Awareness of Forestry's contribution to Environmental, Social and Economic well-being.

Create a portal where people connect with and obtain information on how commercial forestry impacts on the environment, social and economic well-being. Facilitate media presentations including newspaper articles on forestry in Hawkes Bay

Support meetings and field days for councils most impacting on and by commercial forestry (Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Wairoa District Council). Assemble data on the economic and social footprint of the forestry sector

Assist any other national or regional awareness and promotional initiatives, including affirmative roadside signage and a ‘Share the Road’ programme to develop positive awareness in primary school children concerning logging truck safety. Build goodwill and understanding through events and forest visits by schools, council staff and other stakeholders.


. . . Encouraging more People to work in Forestry.

Promote employment opportunities in the sector at regional secondary schools, including:

     # Information packs and resources for schools

     # Attend school career expos  

     # Meet with science teachers at selected schools

     # Support work experience

     # Field days to expose children to the full spectrum of employment opportunities.

     # Support development of a machine operators training programme.

. . . Fostering Dialogue, Understanding and Collaboration with Council, Communities and other Stakeholders.

Establish regular meetings with councils (at least 6 monthly)

Be a participant of the TANK collaborative process to recommend water quantity and quality limits for the Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri catchment plan change.

Engage with government and others that have an interest in forestry, including NZTA, powerline companies, DOC, TB Free NZ, WINZ.

Arrange field trips on health and safety, environmental practise and new harvesting methods.

Share experience with other wood councils, including 6 monthly joint council meetings.