Introduced on May 14. The Bill establishes a registration system for log traders and forestry advisers with the intention of ensuring supply of timber for domestic processing and export. First reading of May 14 with National and ACT opposed saying it was clear from Forestry Minister Shane Jones the intention was to regulate to control price for local processing supply needs. Referred to the Environment Committee. Reported back on June 15 with minor changes after strong opposition from many foresters and others. Concerns were also expressed the Bill could breach NZ’s international trade agreements. Second reading on June 30 with Jones saying the Bill would not result in prices being set, but would result in equity of supply. Opposed by National and ACT. Committee stage and third reading completed under Urgency on July 22 with National and ACT opposed.
Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill