Government to repeal costly log trade legislation

The Government will repeal legislation this weekend requiring the compulsory registration of log traders and forestry advisers, Forestry Minister Todd McClay announced.

“The current system fails to deliver outcomes and places unnecessary costs on forest businesses,” Mr McClay says.

“The repeal will be delivered at speed, with changes coming into effect before 1 July.”

“The previous government legislated a compulsory registration scheme that has failed to deliver outcomes and makes ongoing regulation unwarranted. I am confident that voluntary registration through the New Zealand Institute of Forestry is a better mechanism to support the quality of forestry advice,” Mr McClay says.

“We will also refund any fees or levies already paid to the Ministry for Primary Industries this season.”

Timber products play a pivotal role in our primary exports, which contributed $5.8 billion to our economy last year. An operating environment that supports a strong economy is essential to getting New Zealand back on track, lowering the cost of living and providing the quality public services Kiwis deserve.

The Government will also make consequential amendments to the Legal Harvest Assurance system.

Today’s announcement honours our pre-election commitment to cut wasteful spending and costs and rebuild confidence in the forestry sector.

It is important that we reduce unnecessary regulation and compliance costs where possible,” Mr McClay says.