Watch: Outrage over possible native logging in council-owned forests

Twenty years after the government stopped the logging of native trees on crown land, the protesters who helped force the decision are outraged the West Coast is considering native logging in council owned forests. 

The Grey District Council is asking for feedback on whether it should log land. 

The council is asking that question about three native forests at Mt Buckley, Mt Sewell near Dobson and Cashmere Bay on Lake Brunner.

It follows an application by an American-owned, Reefton-based logging company to sustainably log at Mt Buckley. 

Revenue from the block to the council would be about $100,000 per year. 

But local David Allerm believes the council is serious about milling other blocks, but has something else in mind for Cashmere Bay. 

The veteran activist described the threat of milling over Cashmere Bay as mafia tactics and believes the council is set on logging the other blocks. 

Twenty years after the government stopped the logging of native trees on crown land, the protestors who helped force the decision are not happy with the council. Source: 1 NEWS


Christchurch's Restart container mall moves from non-profit trust to private sector

The Restart Container Mall was started by a non-profit trust to revitalise quake-hit central Christchurch, now they're passing the baton to the private sector. 

In 2018, property investor Richard Peebles will build six new buildings at the site, including the Riverside Farmers' Market.

"We're trying to create something much different to the suburban malls, something earthier with fresh produce and small operators," he said. 

The post-quake rebirth of the Christchurch CBD took another step forward today, with the container mall changing hands. Source: 1 NEWS


Wellington road closed after wild weather hits capital

A Wellington road is closed after high winds and rain have whipped the city. 

Police said Marine Drive in Eastbourne is closed as waves have been crashing over the road, leaving logs and debris.

The road is closed from Point Howard.

Police are avoiding travel on Marine Dr where possible. 

Wet weather