Standards Development Group

The Standards Development Group (SDG) is comprised of 2 representatives from four Chambers (Economic, Environment, Maori and Social), except that due to its diversity the Social Chamber has 3 representatives (with the voting rights of 2).

To ensure a balanced approach an independent facilitator was engaged.  The SDG has made its decisions by consensus, defined as general agreement in favour of a proposal, plus the absence of a sustained objection to the proposal.

Members of the SDG and their contact details are below:

Co-ordinator

  • Colin Maunder, Timberlands Ltd - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Economic Chamber

  • Brett Gilmore; Pan Pac – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Colin Maunder; Timberlands Limited - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Environment Chamber

  • Bill Gilbertson; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Meg Graeme; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maori Chamber

  • George Asher; Lake Taupo Forest Trust - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tina Porou; NgatiPorouWhanuiForests – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Chamber

  • Hugh Barr; Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rhys Millar; NZ Institute of Forestry - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past Members - many thanks for your contribution

  • Gay Pavelka – Independent facilitator
  • Jacob Kajavala; Forest Industry Contractors Association – Social Chamber
  • Andrew McEwen; NZ Institute of Forestry – Social Chamber

The SDG Terms of Reference can be found at the following link: SDG Terms of Reference.

Also in accordance with FSC procedures, five expert groups were established to provide recommendations to the SDG on key issues of:

  1. Reserve contribution
  2. Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF)
  3. Pesticide use
  4. Conversions of natural areas to plantations
  5. Conversions of plantations to other land uses

Each group included a member of the SDG to facilitate progress and feedback. 

Small and low intensity managed forests (SLIMF) are included in the standards.