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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2016) 61(3): 42–44
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Conference Report
NZIF AGM and conference 30 August - 1 September 2016

Chris Goulding

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry held its 88th AGM and annual conference in Dunedin. AGM The annual report and the budget 2016-2017 were presented and approved. The motion to change the NZIF rules by adding provisions relating to exemptions under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 was passed by the required two-thirds majority. These rule changes only apply to registered members, and were proposed in the expectation that an exemption to the Act for registered members will be obtained. Under the Act, only licenced real estate agents and those exempt from the provisions of the Act are permitted to carry out real estate agency work, defined as work done or services provided, in trade, on behalf of another person for the purposes of bringing about a transaction. The implication of the exemption is that NZIF registered members who provide services such as forest valuations during a forest sale process will not be required to become licenced real estate agents. A motion to amend Section 1.6 of the NZIF Code of Ethics by adding at the end the sentence, ‘Prior to making public statements on the environment, policy and forest practices, a member will indicate on whose behalf the statements are made’, failed to obtain the necessary majority and was therefore not passed.
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