Minister's Imagination Working Overtime
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
Forest and Bird field officer, Eugenie Sage has rejected as nonsense, SOE Minister, Tony Ryall's claims of her influencing Labour leader, Helen Clark in relation to Labour's West Coast forests policy.
"Cronyism is not how I or Forest and Bird do business."
"I last worked for Helen Clark in 1989. Since then I have deliberately had no direct contact with Helen Clark on the West Coast forests issue nor any other issue that I can recall. In the last ten years I have been in contact with her staff less than half a dozen times.
"Labour is more likely to have been influenced by
the facts and the widespread public support for protection
of New Zealand's remaining native forests than any of the
actors and conspiracies in Mr Ryall's