Kiwi kids have a birthright to walk between the trunks and climb in the branches of our native trees, so we need to love and protect our forests.
Forests provide recreation opportunties, they clean our air and they also create sustainable jobs for hundreds of New Zealanders.
We also campaign against the slash and burn of tropical rainforests and have had success in limiting the sale of wood and pulp products sourced from areas where endangered species live.
Recent news about Forestry
The Green Party wants a healthy environment. We think resource use has to be sustainable, and this bill is not promoting that because it is winding back the protection of West Coast forests, which people throughout New Zealand thought they had achieved More
One of the options that the regulatory impact statement looks at is whether the recovery of wind-throw timber could be done under existing legislation. It goes through the risks of that. One of them was that there would be a risk of judicial review. More
Wind-throw on the West Coast is nature in action, and if we are to be serious about setting aside parts of New Zealand, to protect them for their own sake and for the sake of all of the species that call them home, if we are serious about protecting them More
It is being forced through under urgency, yet it concerns public protected lands, forests, that New Zealanders campaigned for 30 years or more to protect from native forest logging. The public is being given absolutely no say in letting loggers, chainsaws, haulers, and skidders back on to what is supposed to be protected conservation land. More
How is the department going to enforce this bill? How many staff are going to be turned from focusing on pest control and the management of biodiversity to supervising logging? This is the huge tragedy at the heart of this bill: it is taking New Zealand More
We have had a process that is totally anti-democratic, there has not been any opportunity for the public to have say, and in the Committee stage we had the Minister in the chair, Nick Smith, sitting there and not answering a single question posed by Labour members, New Zealand First, or Green members. More
The National members are not taking any calls either to defend this bill, the West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill. Once again, the Government members are not committed to this legislation in the sense of being able to defend it. More
Have any commercial logging operations started on conservation land since the Department of Conservation was established in 1987? More
The Government's failure to deal with problems in the wood processing industry has resulted in more needless job losses, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today. More
We need to add value to our exports that will create jobs and reduce the need for the use of this toxic ozone depleting gas. More
The Green Party in Government will put $1 million towards the cost of the first 10-storey or higher New Zealand building constructed with structural timber, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.
In Aotearoa New Zealand we particularly need that voice heard on behalf of workers because workers frequently are in a position where they cannot speak for themselves. We are currently in a position where we have reasonably high unemployment, job insecurity, and increased casualisation. More
The Government needs to provide leadership in the forestry sector so that more value is added to our exports and more jobs are created for New Zealanders, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today. More
Denise Roche to the Minister of Labour: Will he commit to regulating the hours of work in the forestry sector immediately, given there have been 11 worker deaths in the sector in the past 13 months; if not, why not? More