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"Until we are sure of what role they play, we should be very careful about planting any further pine plantations anywhere near kauri forest."
The initiative is expected to bring jobs.
Shane Jones will brief cabinet on Monday where clean-up costs and who will pay will be discussed.
The venture has been launched by Iwi and the Government.
The 10 experts of the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group were also announced.
The government is investing $5 million in the project which will take about 5000 trucks off the road.
Logs and debris were washed down hills in the Tasman district.
Properties near Nelson close to logging areas had forestry debris strewn across their land during Gita.
Timber companies say 'the great wall of wood' is not as big as it was made out to be.
NZ farmers aren't paying their way, say forestry advocates.
New Zealand's most dangerous industry is turning to technology to keep people safe.
With five deaths in 2016 already, forestry remains on of New Zealand's most dangerous jobs.
Worksafe NZ is investigating the Hawke's Bay incident.
"From the forest industry's point of view, we don't have a free trade agreement."
The trend is going in the right direction, the Forest Industry Safety Council says.
The 33-year-old died at a forestry block near Balclutha yesterday.
All kauri exports will be inspected from now on, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
The 500 memorials weren't built in Oamaru, they were grown.
Len Brown says a West Auckland tree sit-in has been a step towards positive change.
Several cars parked under a large tree have suffered extensive damage after it toppled.
Jolyon and Enny Manning are putting their section on the hill above Alexandra to good use.
Southern rata are in bloom and a crackdown on possum numbers is credited for this year's spectacular display.
It’s a difficult and expensive way to get the logs out but those involved say it’s worth it.
The hard fought right to collect and sell timber scattered by Cyclone Ita is finally underway.
The regulator believes it’s up to the industry to follow rules already in place.
Chopped down seafront Napier tree could be the first of many to fall.
NZ’s third biggest export is feeling the pinch with the price of export logs nearly halved.
A controversial plan allowing West Coasters to extract native forest felled by Cyclone Ita has been given the green light.
A tree has collapsed on a house in Stanmore Bay in Whangaparaoa after strong winds hit Auckland overnight.
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