Best Practice Guide

In 2010, a decision to create a Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) for Arboriculture was made at the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb).

This decision was based on the absence of a current workable industry document, at that time, which reflected best working practices in New Zealand arboriculture. Since the existing 1994 Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture did not fully reflect current industry practice, and there was no foreseeable publication date for the new revised code in 2010, members present at the AGM expressed the need for NZ Arb to provide direction and leadership. After considerable discussion, the outcome was to amend the latest draft version of the “Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture” into a Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part One: Arboriculture.

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The NZ Arb Best Practice Guide (BPG) is now a ‘living’ document which is open for submissions at any time to ensure an up-to-date document for use in the arboriculture industry.

However, in 2012, the new Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Arboriculture (November 2012) was finally released and is available from the Department of Labour. To download the new ACOP (2012), please go to the ACOP web page.

Best Practice Guideline (BPG) for Arboriculture

To view the latest version of the Best Practice Guidelines Safety Requirements for New Zealand Arboricultural Operations (2015 version), please download the NZ Arb BPG 2015


This version and all subsequent versions will be reviewed annually, your comments and submissions are welcome.


The 2016 BPG document is open for submissions.

Submissions and comments received by the 1st of May each year will be reviewed by the Education and Training Committee and, if accepted, will be incorporated into the following year’s document.

If you wish to comment or give advice on the BPG, please send your submission using the BPG Submission Form.

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