Claims by Labour that they did not know contracts for future native forest logging were being negotiated shows the party
failed to heed a number of warnings from a number of organisations that this was occurring.
Labour said this week they were unaware that contracts were being negotiated for future logging of native timber on the
West Coast. It has been announced that nine contracts have been signed to secure the logging 58,000 cubic meters of
native timber per year.
As these media releases from Scoop’s archives show, Labour was explicitly warned that these contracts were being
negotiated and that they could force the hand of future governments.
In these releases, some before Labour even launched their forest policy, organisations were urging Labour to repudiate
these contracts before they were signed. They did not do this.
These releases show the number of warnings that Labour have failed to heed:
29 August - The national summit of environmental organisations today called upon the Labour Party to announce its policy
on West Coast logging and to repudiate in advance any contractual arrangements the National led government might enter
into with Timberlands West Coast. See… Scoop: Timberlands Contract Repudiation by Labour Urged
30 August - Contracts signed between now and the election for the sale of beech timber from Timberlands' West Coast
forests could tie the hands of the next government, says Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. See… Scoop: Greens Challenge Labour On Beech Scheme Stance
17 September - New Timberlands West Coast contracts are aimed at forcing the next Government into logging native
forests, Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald said today. See… Scoop: Timberlands' Deals Aimed At Forcing Govt. Hand
20 September - At its national meeting of core activists last weekend on Matiu/Somes Island, Native Forest Action firmly
decided to target the sawmillers Westco Lagan of Timberlands’ rimu. This is in response to last week’s announcement that
Timberlands had signed contracts… See… Scoop: Logging Target Extended To Westco Lagan
21 September - Labour is still telling two stories about logging native forests on the West Coast, Green Party Co-Leader
Rod Donald said today. See… Scoop: Labour Two-Faced Over Timberlands?
These are just a sample of a number of warnings Labour received that these contracts were being negotiated.