Update on Independent Health and Safety Review and Consultation process

16 May 2014

 The Independent Forestry Safety Review (the Review) Panel intends to:

  1. Release a written consultation document in early June
  2. Conduct public and private meetings from 11 – 27 June

Written consultation document

The Panel is working on a consultation document that will be available to download on the www.ifsr.co.nz  website. It will set out the key issues impacting health and safety in the forestry sector as the Panel understands them. The consultation document will also set out some options for change.

The Panel will be inviting feedback on the issues and on the options. It will be asking for written submissions. People will be able to submit Word documents or complete an online submission form that will be on the website.

The Panel will consider the outcomes of this consultation process in developing its final report and recommendations for change. The views of submitters will be referenced in the final report. It is not the Panel's intention that submissions are published or that a summary of submissions will be made available.

Public consultation meetings

Along with the consultation document, the Panel will travel to some forestry regions to hold public consultation meetings. These will include:

  • Balclutha on Thursday 11 June
  • Christchurch on Friday 13 June
  • Rotorua on Wednesday 18 June
  • Whangarei on Friday 20 June
  • Gisborne on Monday 23 June
  •  Nelson on Wednesday 25 June

Times and places for these meetings have not yet been finalised but those who register to attend will be informed when they have been. Places will be limited.

To register your interest in attending a regional meeting, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please provide the follow information:

  • Your full name; first name and last name
  • Your job role
  • The name of the organisation you work for
  • Your mobile phone number

The Panel is looking to meet with key industry stakeholders, forestry health and safety experts and forestry contractors and workers in the regions.

Forestry contractors and workers should contact the Panel

The Panel is also asking forestry contractors and workers to contact them as part of the consultation process. Arrangements are being put in place to hold some private meetings with contract crews and workers where possible. A short survey is also being developed to gather a worker perspective.

Contractors and workers who want to engage in the Review should email the Panel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stephanie Coutts
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www.ifsr.co.nz