News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Logging Target Extended To Westco Lagan

At its national meeting of core activists last weekend on Matiu/Somes Island, Native Forest Action firmly decided to target the sawmillers Westco Lagan of Timberlands’ rimu. This is in response to last week’s announcement that Timberlands had signed an eight year contract to supply Westco Lagan with rimu.

“Westco Lagan is as bad as Timberlands by signing a spite contract in the knowledge that the government may soon change and the intention of a Labour-led government would be to halt the native forest logging,” said Native Forest Action spokesperson, Dean Baigent-Mercer.

“This is the longest contract Timberlands has signed with anyone over anything and was designed to keep native logging continuing.

“We will be targeting Westco Lagan with the same intensity that Timberlands has received over the past three years. Their actions deliberately aimed to continue native rainforest logging on public land against the public interest.

“This is Timberlands’ final spiteful dirty trick – not content with all the harm they have done environmentally, using anti-environmental PR tactics and attempting to silence opponents – they have aimed to lock into place both the Buller overcut rimu logging and the rimu logging of Okarito and Saltwater for another eight years.”

The Labour Party policy on Timberlands’ native forest logging states that existing contracts would be honoured, signed before 10 September.

“Native Forest Action is looking into other means to ensure that the days of logging rimu in public forests are numbered.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


2021: NZ To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will raise the profile of the game locally and provide a valuable economic boost for the game, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says. More>>


Max Rashbrooke Review: Mahler 7 - NZSO

Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony may be one of the least well-known of its ilk, but Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra made a compelling case for a reassessment. They showed us a work of immense variety, surprising contrast and delicate shades of light and dark. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Strange Overtones - David Byrne's American Utopia Tour

Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button Kenzo suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. More>>

Governor-General's Speech: Armistice Day 100 Years On

The response was more muted amongst our soldiers at the Front. Many received the news quietly... There was no cheering. The chaps didn’t get excited. It was just a matter of relief. We didn’t celebrate at all. More>>


Auckland Fringe Programme: A Celebration Of The Bizarre And Beautiful

Building on a huge 2018 programme that saw 492 creatives take 81 events for ventures around the city for a total of 347 performances, Auckland Fringe returns this summer, running February 19 – March 3, 2019. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland