Standards Development Group

Phil TaylorThe 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:


  • Colin Maunder, Timberlands Ltd - colin.maunder at point nz

Economic Chamber

  • Brett Gilmore; Pan Pac – brett.gilmore at point nz
  • Colin Maunder; Timberlands Limited - colin.maunder at point nz

Environment Chamber

  • Bill Gilbertson; Environment and Ecological Organisations - b.gilbertson at point nz
  • Meg Graeme; Royal NZ Forest Bird Society - meg at ecologist point nz

Maori Chamber

  • George Asher; Lake Taupo Forest Trust - george.asher at point nz
  • Tina Porou; NgatiPorouWhanuiForests – t.porou at point nz

Social Chamber

  • Hugh Barr; Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations hugh at point nz
  • Rhys Millar; NZ Institute of Forestry - rhys.millar at point nz

Gay Pavelka – Independent facilitator

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:

  • Reserve contribution
  • Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF)
  • Pesticide use
  • Conversions of natural areas to plantations
  • 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.

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