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Chadwick rejects National ‘quick fix’ for Rotorua

Hon Steve Chadwick
MP for Rotorua

9 May 2008 Media Statement
Chadwick rejects National’s ‘quick fix’ for Rotorua

Steve Chadwick, MP for Rotorua, says she has been working for some time to address local concern about logging of 90-year old Douglas Fir trees near Lake Tikitapu (the Blue Lake) in Rotorua.

“Nick Smith’s suggestions of a quick fix are simply wishful thinking. The government’s Nga Whenua Rahui fund is only for indigenous forests, not introduced species like the Douglas Firs surrounding the Blue Lake.

“The reality is this is a unique and prized local destination. However, Kaiangaroa Timberlands, who operate the forestry license, have a property right for the trees near the lake.

“What we need is a long term solution to a local problem.

Steve Chadwick was commenting as local concern grows over the effect that logging operations in the area might have on the tourist and ecological value of the Blue Lake.

“Local counsellors, the mayor and I have all been working collaboratively on the issue. I’ve met with Kaiangaroa Timberlands, the company conducting the logging, and we reached agreement that they would consult with the public before making any major decisions.

“Local concern has largely focussed on identifying the effects of removing the trees, and the potential impact on water quality from possible increased run-off from tree felling.

“In addition, the Rotorua District Council will shortly be meeting with central government to explore ways in which the Whakarewarewa forest can be preserved for public recreation and enjoyment over the longer term,” Ms Chadwick said.


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