Previously known as Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics PSRGNZ - Charitable Trust
As required under the new 2005 Charities Act, PSGR has reregistered as a charitable trust.

NB - The MPI consultation process attracted more than 16,000 submissions of which 15,986 requested the removal of the clause permitting the planting of GE trees (NES-PF, 6.4).  Of the 15,662 short form submissions, and 356 comprehensive petitions, only 22 supported retaining the clause on GE trees if release was approved by the EPA.  

Ref Report on submissions and recommendations


From: NES PF Consultation [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 6:05 PM

Subject: National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) now finalized 

This is to let you know that the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) have been finalised (

The aim of the NES-PF is to maintain or improve the environmental outcomes associated with managing plantation forestry activities and to provide efficiencies and greater certainty in the management of these activities under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

The regulations do this by providing a set of consistent planning rules nationwide for eight key forestry activities afforestation, pruning and thinning-to-waste, earthworks, river crossings, forest quarrying, harvesting, mechanical land preparation, and replanting. 

These permit plantation forestry activities where it is appropriate and where there are no significant adverse effect on the environment.  In cases where potential adverse effects may not be avoided or mitigated through good-practice forestry management, resource consents will be needed.

Under the NES-PF, councils can set more stringent rules to manage nationally important resource management issues and environmental impacts in unique and/or sensitive local environments. 

The NES-PF will come into force on 1 May 2018. In the meantime, the Ministry for Primary Industries will be working to support key stakeholders responsible for managing, and operating under, the new system.  This will take the form of guidance materials and workshops.

If you have any questions, please phone the MPI helpline on 0800 00 83 33 (select option 3, general inquiries) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NES-PF in the subject line).


Oliver Hendrickson | Director

Spatial, Forestry & Land Management | Regulation & Assurance Branch

Ministry for Primary Industries - Manat Ahu Matua | Pastoral House 25 The Terrace | PO Box 2526 | Wellington

New Zealand