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Connell, National at loggerheads over forestery

Connell and National still at loggerheads over forestry policy

The National Party's spokesperson on Forestry, Brian Connell, has misled the New Zealand public on his forestry policy, Greenpeace said today.

In yesterday's column in the Ashburton Courier, Connell implied that he was concerned about the imports of illegally logged timber, citing the "environmental devastation that is occurring in Asia" as a reason to re-open the logging of native trees on public land in New Zealand.

However, Connell's professed concern for the Asian forests is not reflected in the party's response to a question from the "Vote for the Environment" survey put to all the main parties.

The question was:

[will you] ensure that all timber and wood products imported to New Zealand have been certified as legally felled and exported, and within two years allow only the import of wood products that are from credibly certified sources along with a package of bilateral and multilateral producer country support.

The National party answered "no"
<>other responses:
Act: No
green: yes
Labour: yes
Maori: yes
NZ First: undecided
Progressive: undecided
United Future: Yes

More information on political parties environment policies available at www.environmentvote.org.nz

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