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It is easy to think that, while you detest the destruction of our precious native forests, there is nothing you as an individual can do. NOT SO! This page is aimed at enabling you to make a difference now.

One of the most important elements of any campaign is raising awareness. many people simply are not aware of the issue. You can help a great deal by just drawing people's attention to the fact that the government is endorsing the destruction of our precious heritage forests. It is something that effects everyone, and all future generations to come.

A good way you can raise awareness is to promote this website. The more people who come here and read the material the better! is the site's address - you can include it in every message that you send!

The Information Series by Dr Sean Weaver is also an excellent way of sharing information. If you click here we will send you a copy of it by email.


Join Native Forest Action - You can join Native Forest Action for free. There are groups in most major centres, and we always welcome people who want to get involved.

Support Native Forest Action Financially - Native Forest Action is a grass-roots organisation that exists on the strength of dedicated volunteers, fundraising, and contributions by concerned people. It is not cheap to run a campaign opposing a SOE such as Timberlands West Coast who have a PR budget of over $500,000 anually. Any contribution would be a great help. We now have a secure server by which you can make credit card donations - click here

Boycott Native Timber - In 1997, around 40,000 cubic metres of rimu was logged in New Zealand. Over half of it was used for furniture manufacture. The remainder went into flooring, joinery, mouldings and panelling (Consumer Magazine, August, 1998). If we stop buying products made from native timber there will be no market for native wood.

Write Letters - Writing letters is an easy and effective way of voicing your opinion. You can write to politicians (they have to write back to you), media (letters to the editor are good), send faxes to TV shows like Holmes, write letters and send faxes to Timberlands.

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How to Join NFA

Just contact one of these fine people

Chris 09 378 1634
Dean 04 383 5168


Nick Young, National Co-ordinator,
Phone 03 545-6040
West Coast: Pete
Peter 03 479 0977

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How to make financial contributions

You can send a cheque to:

Native Forest Action,
P O Box 836,
New Zealand

Or make a deposit into our bank account:

Westpac Trust
Oaks Branch,
  Native Forest Action Inc.
NFA Campaigner's Account;
030510 - 0773433 - 01

Or use your credit-card via our secure server - click here -

If you want to set up a regular automatic payment contact Nick Young our National Co-ordinator via e-mail and ask for a pledge form to be sent to you.



Boycotting Native Timber

If we don't buy it they can't sell it. If they can't sell it they won't chop it down.

It is very important to 'put our money where our mouths are'. Not many New Zealanders would not buy a duster made from kiwi feathers, or shoes made from tuatara skins, or a kaka foot key-ring - why? Because they are precious and endangered. Sitting on a rimu chair at a table made of kauri, or using a toilet brush with a rimu handle (yes they do make them out of rimu) is no different. In fact it is worse. To get that native timber we are destroying our virgin native forests. In and of themselves these forests are ecological treasures, but they are also the home of kiwi, kaka and many of our other cherished native fauna.

It is possible to buy furniture made from 'green friendly' native timber, either recycled or sourced from 'sustainably managed' native forests. BEWARE ! This is often a fraud:

The best option is to stay away from native timber altogether.

The green alternative is to buy products made from New Zealand grown plantation forests. There is New Zealand-grown eucalyptus and macrocarpa, douglas fir and pine readily available. With the right treatment these woods work and look as good as any native timber.



Writing Letters

If you don't tell them they don't know you care.

Remember the pen can be mightier than the sword. By writing letters you can inform others. You can write letters to newspapers, magazines, politicians, television programs and even people you know.

You can write to:
The Priminister Jenny Shipley,
Minister of State Owned Enterprises Tony Ryall,
Minster of Forestry, Lockwood Smith,
Minister of Conservation, Nick Smith
Minister of the Environment, Simon Upton
Your local MP

For Example:

No Stamp

Jenny Shipley
Parliament Buildings,

These people are your representatives. They are responsible for our country. They are answerable to you. By law they have to reply to any letter sent to them by a citizen of New Zealand (so don't forget to put your name and address on the back of the envelope).
It is FREE to write a letter to Parliament!

These are some useful points you can make:
  • There should be no further logging of native forests in NZ -
  • Timberlands makes huge profits from logging our native rimu forests, yet they pay no dividend to the government. They pay $5 per cubic meter to cut down our ancient native trees, and sell it to mills for $300-$600 per cubic meter.
  • Timberlands is exempt from environmental controls which apply to owners of other native forests, which is why it is able to log large areas of publicly owned forest in the Buller.
  • The native timber industry should not be supported, least of all by a government owned company.
  • These lowland forests have international recognised importance
    • Lowland forests are particularly precious because the provide a home for threatened native species like the kiwi, kaka, robin, weta, and native bat.
    • The virgin forests are less severely damaged by introduced pests such as possum, deer and rabbit than other native forests in NZ, which makes them even more valuable as a long term habitat for NZ wildlife.
  • There is not much lowland forest left
    • Only %14 of the original coverage of lowland native rainforest in NZ remains and at least half of this is already modified by logging.
    • The planned harvesting area of Timberlands includes some of the few untouched tracts of lowland forest in this country.
    • The bech scheme that Timberlands are embarking upon threatens large areas of intact and old-growth forest in the Eastern Paparoas, Grey and Maruia valleys and in the Buller.
  • Why should we trust a company that is logging our native forests?
    • Timberlands continue their destruction despite handing out public relations material promoting themselves as caring about the environment.
  • This scheme is not acceptable or necessary under the West Coast Accord
    • Timberlands have used the West Coast Accord to claim that a beech scheme is justified, but there was no commitment in the Accord to provide a beech scheme (see Kakariki News "Beyond the West Coast Accord")
    • Under the West Coast Accord any beech scheme would have to be small scale, and "environmentally acceptable". The national significance and ecological value of those forests ,makes any logging of them unacceptable. Timberlands have indicated that they are planning to take about 100 000 cubic meters of timber each year, which would be an enormous scheme, dwarfing all other native logging operations in NZ put together!
  • Boycott the native timber industry
    • Native logging is no longer acceptable, there are many plantation timbers to choose from.
    • There is little market for beech timber. Timberlands will have to create a market to justify the scheme.
    • Our native beech forests are ending up as toothpicks, floorboards, iceblock sticks, toilet seats, brush handles.
  • Logging through "sustainable" management is unproven and still has a negative impact on the forest composition and structure.
    • A recent study y David Norton of Canterbury University found that logging through sustainable management of native forests would result in a loss of species dependent on large and living trees (e.g. birds such as the kaka, kakariki, tui, riflemen, and brown creeper; plants such as the rare mistletoe)
      Norton, D., (1997). Ecological realism and the sustainable management of indigenous forests for timber reproduction. Contact beech forest action for a copy.

    • Dr Norton's study concluded that the changes resulting from sustainable management were not compatible with protecting the full range of biodiversity within that forest. Surely that is the definition of sustainable?

  • Timberlands management of our native forests should be reviewed with a view to these forests becoming protected conservation areas.

A Sample Letter to the Editor


I don't think many new Zealanders realise the implication of buying native beech, kahikatea, kauri, and rimu products, be it bed, coffee table or the timber itself.

Most rimu and beech comes from the South Island.

These are trees that grow for up to 800 years. The forests they make up form the habitat (or seasonal habitat0 for South Island Kakas, keas, kakarikis and our glorious red and yellow flowered mistletoes.

A state owned company, Timberlands West Coast Ltd. is planning to "sustainable" log 70 000 hectares of beech forest. The methods it proposes to use will severely reduce the habitat needed for these and other creatures.

It is estimated that 500 South Island kakas remain. Destroying their homes cannot do anything but speed up their extinction.

I would like to encourage people to boycott native timbers to ensure a chance for these creatures' existence, and instead make use of plantation trees.

Dean Mercer


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