Minutes of a meeting of the

Forestry Subcommittee

Te Kōmiti Āpiti, Ngahere

Held in the Council Chamber, Floor 2A, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson on Wednesday 23 June 2021, commencing at 1.00p.m.


Present:             Mr J Murray (Chairperson), Her Worship the Mayor R Reese, Councillors K Fulton and T Skinner, Independent Forestry Expert P Gorman, Group Manager Infrastructure A Louverdis

In Attendance:    PF Olsen representative (S Nuske), LandVision Ltd representative (L Grant), Governance Advisers (J Brandt and K McLean)

Apologies :         Nil


1.       Apologies

There were no apologies.

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

There was no change of order.

3.       Interests

There were no updates to the Interests Register, and no interests with items on the agenda were declared.

4.       Public Forum

4.1.     Teal Valley Residents Representation - Aerial Spraying Operations of Tasman Pine Forest Ltd That Covers Both Nelson and Tasman Forestry.


Nadine Connock spoke to the item on behalf of Teal Valley Residents. She noted their concerns about the Forestry Stewardship Council and the detrimental impact of agri-chemicals on fertile land and waterways. Speaking notes were tabled (A2692299).

The Subcommittee noted that the concerns raised by Ms Connock were regulatory in nature, such as noise pollution, environmental contamination, breaches of practices and standards, and therefore matters for the Environment and Climate Committee. However, Her Worship the Mayor and the Chair of the Environment and Climate Committee, Councillor Fulton, noted they would look into the matters raised by Ms Connock.


1    A2692299 - Forestry Subcommittee 23Jun2021 - Public Forum - Speaking Notes - N Connock - Teal Valley Residents


5.       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1      23 March 2021

Document number M16512, agenda pages 4 - 6 refer.

Resolved FS/2021/004


That the Forestry Subcommittee

1.    Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Forestry Subcommittee, held on 23 March 2021, as a true and correct record.

Skinner/Murray                                                                        Carried


6.       Chairperson's Report

Document number R25953

There was no Chairperson’s report.


7.       Forestry Update - Number 15

Document number R23768, agenda pages 7 - 20 refer.

Team Leader Parks and Facilities Activity Management, Paul Harrington, supported by Manager Community Engagement, Paul Shattock, presented the report.


With regard to the Tantragee Block harvesting, Mr Shattock answered questions about communication and engagement undertaken with residents to address access, alternative accommodation and safety measures. Mr Nuske noted that one resident would remain within the exclusion zone during the harvest and that a specific risk management plan involving a bespoke barrier was being developed.

Mr Harrington answered questions about the future of the Brook blocks, retirement from commercial forestry post-harvest, and replanting plans.

Mr Nuske answered questions about weed-spraying programmes and chemicals being used, in accordance with the Nelson Plan and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr Nuske answered questions about the PF Olsen Quarterly Forest Report, including trends in log prices, global demand and operational aspects of forest management such as fertilising regimes. Mr Gorman answered questions about the long-term sustainable productivity of forest activity.

Resolved FS/2021/005


That the Forestry Subcommittee

1.            Receives the report  (R23768) and its Attachments (A2669723, A2669570 and A2679734).

Fulton/Skinner                                                                          Carried



There being no further business the meeting ended at 2.05p.m.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




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