New Forestry Ser­vice of­fi­cially launched

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT HAS OF­FI­CIALLY launched the new Forestry Ser­vice un­der its Maori name, Te Uru Rakau, and pro­vided $15 mil­lion to kick-start the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The un­veil­ing took place at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Ro­torua last month, with re­cently ap­pointed As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Forestry, Hon Meka Whaitiri, say­ing the launch of Te Uru Rakau means that the New Zea­land forestry in­dus­try will be fu­ture proofed.

“To­day’s re­brand will cre­ate a new im­pe­tus for forestry in our re­gions, cre­at­ing jobs and new skills and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in pro­vin­cial New Zea­land,” says Ms Whaitiri.

“In my new role I will make sure that Maori who want to use their land for forestry can, by estab­lish­ing much closer part­ner­ships be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and the Maori peo­ple. I have also been del­e­gated all ini­tia­tives for af­foresta­tion in the Tairawhiti and East Coast area.

“I will also make sure that we de­velop a di­verse, skilled and safe work­force. I also have a new role in cham­pi­oning and en­gag­ing women in the forestry in­dus­try.

“With this new responsibility for skills train­ing, I hope to be an­nounc­ing some Forestry Schol­ar­ships at Fiel­d­ays.”

The re­branded Forestry Ser­vice is be­ing formed out of the Crown Forestry unit of the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and will play a key role in the gov­ern­ment’s One Bil­lion Tree plant­ing pro­gramme over the next ten years.

Te Uru Rakau is to be based in Ro­torua and will work closely with a new min­is­te­rial ad­vi­sory group an­nounced by Forestry Min­is­ter, Shane Jones, which will pro­vide independent ad­vice about the sec­tor and how gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try can work to­gether to de­liver out­comes for New Zea­land.

The Forestry Min­is­te­rial Ad­vi­sory Group is made up of ten forestry ex­perts who will pro­vide in­dus­try per­spec­tives and ad­vice to help meet New Zea­land’s forestry goals, in­clud­ing the One Bil­lion Tree pro­gramme.

“The group has been se­lected for their ex­per­tise in a wide range of dis­ci­plines that I be­lieve are nec­es­sary to de­liver New Zea­land’s forestry goals,” says Mr Jones.

“They will pro­vide di­rect in­dus­try per­spec­tives on a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing re­search, com­mer­cial and con­ser­va­tion forestry, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, farm-forestry, wood pro­cess­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

“The group will pro­vide in­sights on the per­for­mance of the over­all forestry sys­tem, along with ad­vice on fu­ture trends, risks and is­sues.

“I have ini­tially tasked the Forestry Min­is­te­rial Ad­vi­sory Group to fo­cus on sup­port­ing Te Uru Rakau to de­liver the One Bil­lion Trees plant­ing pro­gramme.

“The group will be chaired by Dr War­ren Parker, Chair of the New Zea­land Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity and the for­mer Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Scion and Land­care Re­search. War­ren brings a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence and is well-placed to chair the group.”

Oth­ers mem­bers are James Palmer (Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil), David Rhodes (Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of NZ For­est Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion), Robert Green (CEO of Tim­ber­lands), Gina Solomon (of Ngi Tahu / Ngati Kuri and a Di­rec­tor of the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Na­tional Trust), Henare Walker (Gen­eral Man­ager of Sum­mit Forests New Zea­land), Dr Char­lotte Sev­erne (Chair of the Lake Ro­toaira Trusts), Brian Stan­ley (for­merly Gen­eral Man­ager (Fi­bre) at Oji Fi­bre So­lu­tions and WoodCo Chair­man), Fiona Kings­ford (CEO of Com­pe­tenz) and Neil Cullen (Pres­i­dent of the Farm Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion).

The For­est Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Peter Weir, says the Ad­vi­sory group has the right mix of for­est in­dus­try back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ence to take the in­dus­try for­ward into po­ten­tially vast ex­pan­sion in the decades ahead.

“Gov­ern­ment by it­self can’t achieve plant­ing an ex­tra half mil­lion hectares of trees in the next ten years, and all seg­ments of the in­dus­try have to work to­gether to reach that tar­get. It is clear that Shane Jones ap­pre­ci­ates this,” says Mr Weir.

In par­tic­u­lar, Mr Weir says the ap­point­ment of War­ren Parker as the group’s chair will pro­vide lead­er­ship with his cru­cial for­est science, con­ser­va­tion and com­mer­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. He also ap­plaudes the strong Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the ad­vi­sory panel, which he says rep­re­sents recog­ni­tion of the grow­ing and cru­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion of Maori as landown­ers and for­est work­ers..


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