Virtual signings solidify key forestry relationships
The signings of two key agreements went ahead virtually on Wednesday 8 August, one between Fire and Emergency and the Department of Conservation (DOC), and the other with Plantation Forestry associations, and Te Uru Rakau.
Fire and Emergency Chief Executive Rhys Jones says it was brilliant to see the two important signings take place, albeit a little differently than what we are used to.
“We are operating in different times, and the fact that we were able to push ahead to get those signed by all the parties involved virtually, shows the absolute importance of these relationships to Fire and Emergency. We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with these key natural environment partners,” says Rhys.
Operational Service Level Agreement with DOC
Fire and Emergency and DOC have now agreed to the terms and conditions of a revised Operational Services Agreement (OSA).
Our Act requires us to enter a three-yearly OSA with DOC which sets out the funding and the services like readiness and response, and reduction activities, that we will both deliver.
We worked with DOC closely over many months to review the previous OSA and its associated schedule to make sure it was fit-for-purpose, and reflected the changing needs of the natural environment.
Our relationship with DOC is crucial right across Aotearoa in protecting communities, property and land.
The OSA will be reviewed in three years’ time, in 2024.
Forestry Plantation Charter
Fire and Emergency, along with New Zealand Forest Owners Association (NZFOA), New Zealand Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) and Te Uru Rākau New Zealand Forest Service have now signed their second Charter agreement since Fire and Emergency’s inception.
Plantation Forestry covers over 1.7 million hectares of land in New Zealand, and our relationships with these key stakeholders help to manage the associated needs and risks in relationship wildfire.
All signatories of the Charter will continue to work together to develop and promote objectives and actions to improve wildfire management for New Zealand.
The Charter outlines the organisations’ commitment to working together to enhance the effective delivery of fire control measures in Plantation Forestry.
This Charter is established for a period of 3 years, and will be reviewed in 2024.