West Coast forest cutting rights sold
Hon Jo Goodhew
Associate Minister of Primary
7 March 2014
West Coast forest cutting
Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo
Goodhew has today announced the sale of 22,800 hectares of
Crown forest cutting rights on the West Coast to Ngāi Tahu
Forest Estates Ltd (NTFE).
“The Crown’s forests are
being sold to NTFE under a first right of refusal dating
back to Ngāi Tahu’s 1997 Treaty Settlement,” says Mrs
“The land the forests are on was previously
purchased by Ngāi Tahu as part of their Treaty
“Since 1990, government policy has been to
exit from commercial forestry on commercial terms. The sale
of forests to Ngāi Tahu is consistent with this
Existing supply agreements with timber
processing mills will continue. There is potential for
supply to increase to some of these mills.
expected to occur on 30 April
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