Labour’s plan to extend bludging in North

Another ‘brilliant’ idea from Labour.

A Labour Government would “upgrade” a long running forestry joint venture between the Crown and Northland Maori land owners to give young Maori badly needed jobs replanting recently logged forests economic development spokesman Shane Jones says.

Mr Jones said thousands of hectares of forests on Maori land are currently being logged in Northland but many of the overseas owners are choosing not replant them.

Given the profits they had extracted from the land it was disappointing the owners were not replanting.

“Maori landowners are going end up getting this land back that’s going to turn to blackberry, ragwort, tobacco weed and electric puha.”

“There’s enormous numbers of idle Maori hands up there and basically what I’ve been saying to them is we’re gong to get people replanting trees on that land.” 

Uhmmm…what profits Shane?

This article clearly shows that Tai Tokerau forestry investments in Northland have lost tens of millions of dollars, been bailed out several times by the government,
and yet is somehow going to be the saviour of the Northland economy according to Labour.   If overseas companies are pulling out and refusing to replant forests because its uneconomic, then its clear that this is NOT a good idea.

Maybe it would be smarter to convert to farming, re-open the numerous processing plants in small Northland towns falling into ruin (i.e. Moerewa) or even better create a tourism industry instead of protesting on tourist buses.  Or dare I say it, mining.

Another Kiwirail in the making…


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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