Mayor O’Dea’s implication that Greenpeace supports logging on the West Coast is inaccurate, claimed Greenpeace today. Globally Greenpeace is campaigning to halt illegal logging in the Amazon as part of a long-standing international forestry campaign. In New Zealand, Greenpeace has clearly opposed all the major schemes Timberlands have put forward.
“We have made it quite clear through our campaigns that Greenpeace opposes the logging of primary lowland indigenous forest in New Zealand. We support the initiatives of Native Forest Action and Forest and Bird in their effective campaigns to save New Zealand’s native forests. We also welcome Government initiatives to explore opportunities for economic development on the West Coast which protect our environment” said Tricia Allen, Campaign Director for Greenpeace New Zealand.
In 1997, Greenpeace said of Timberlands: "We strongly oppose the continued unsustainable rainforest logging in the Buller, on the grounds that, with current sufficient plantation volumes and no local employment being provided by this logging, it is in breach of the West Coast Accord.”