East Coast region clean up continues: questions surround forestry industry practices
The clean-up continues for the East Coast region after the long weekend's flood overwhelmed homes, highways, and bridges.
Now serious questions are being raised about forestry industry practices after images clearly show much of the damage was caused by pine waste or slash.
Yesterday, Associate Forestry Minister Meka Whaitiri visited the region and says she's looking at how to address the issue.
"For me as Associate Minister of Forestry, planting the right tree, in their right place, at the right time is something we've got to really address because what I saw today means that perhaps we haven't got the right trees in the right place or the timing of planting."
Farmers are concerned about plans for more forestry on the East Coast under the government's plan to plant a billion trees.
Regional Minister Shane Jones says it's something he is concentrating on.
"Koia tēnā tētāhi take hei titiro māku, hei mahi mā aku āpiha me pēhea rānei ngā kaupapa ngahere e mahingia tikangia kia kaua rawa atu e pā mai ai te mamae ki te hapori pēnei me te whānau nei."
The government is yet to decide on what financial support will be offered to help the district council.
According to MetService, parts of the Gisborne region recovering from flooding could be hit by more rain, and possibly hail later on.