COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00pm - 01:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Wasteful logging leads to flood mess
Photo: Kiri Allan.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri wants forest owners to change the way they harvest, especially in rugged areas of the East Coast.

Heavy rains this month filled rivers in the region with logs and timber slash, much of which found its way to the coast.
Ms Whairiri says while forest owners have accepted responsibility for cleaning up the beaches, they also need to stop leaving so much waste on the side of mountains.

"Transportation costs to get way up the coast to fell trees and get them down to the port means they're are only going to cut the logs that give the biggest economic return. A lot is left behind, rubbish trees or thin trees or trees that don't get a decent commercial return, and I've put to forest owners can't do that. If you're not going to take the tree and export it, you need to take it off the mountain," she says.

Meka Whaitiri says looking at the waste covering the beaches around Uawa-Tolaga bay, it’s clear much of the timber was not recently cut but had been lying on the land for a year or more before it was washed into the rivers.

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:


TRM Classes
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
Opinion: The challenge for Maori and Pakeha politics in 2021
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: As the planet is plunged into the economic whiplash of the growing global pandemic, the dance between Māori and Pakeha politics in 2021 will become far more aggressive in tempo and demands.
OPINION: Ministry of Social Development debt fiasco an example of beneficiary powerlessness
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: An example from social media of the total power the Ministry of Social Development has over the lives of beneficiaries emerged last week and reminded everyone of the punitive welfare culture we still have in NZ.
OPINION: After Waikeria Prison Riot - What Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis must be doing now
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: After the lack of leadership displayed during the Waikeria Prison Riot, Minister Davis must be urgently reviewing the current state of the NZ prison muster.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00pm - 01:00pm