National, Act, NZ First march to Timberlands' Drum
Politicians continue to be the pawns of Timberlands' public relations manipulation by attacking Labour for its policy announcement to end Timberlands' native forest logging on the West Coast, says Native Forest Action.
"National, ACT and NZ First are marching to Timberlands rainforest logging agenda and in the process are defending the indefensible," said Native Forest Action spokesperson Dean Baigent-Mercer.
"National, ACT and NZ First are more influenced by Timberlands' PR campaign than national public opinion and are supporting the despicable secrets and lies of Timberlands."
"The hysteria whipped up on the West Coast by CAN, Timberlands' front group, against Labour's policy announcement is being used as a political football by ACT and National."
"Labour's native forest logging policy
is a win for conservation by protecting the forests and a
win for West Coast employment with the formation of a local
trust which will manage the $68 million pine estate keeping
local people employed. This is in stark contrast to
National/ACT policy where Timberlands and the cutting rights
to our native forests would be privatised, meaning degraded
forests, and few West Coast jobs."