Fine for illegal harvesting of native timber

15 October 2007

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) welcomes the recent conviction and fine handed down to a Taumarunui man for harvesting native timber from his property in excess of the amount legally permitted.

Eric Grant Nutbeam, the owner of native forest the North Island’s National Park area, was fined $700 and ordered to pay a further $1260 in costs for contravening a “Personal Use” approval and taking more than the permitted volume of timber from his property.

The manager of MAF’s Indigenous Forestry Unit, Robert Miller, says under the Forests Act 1949, Nutbeam was permitted to harvest up to 50 cubic metres of rimu and matai for personal use.

“On investigating the case, we found that an excess of the approved amount had been harvested and subsequently sold for timber,” Mr Miller says

“MAF’s job is to promote and regulate the sustainable management of indigenous forests in New Zealand. We take breaches of the Forests Act seriously and this prosecution sends the appropriate message that harvesting of timber in excess of the volume approved will not be tolerated. Likewise, the sale or trade of timber under such a provision is not permitted.”

Other defendants have also been charged in relation to this particular matter. They are yet to appear in court.

Mr Miller says that the MAF Indigenous Forestry Unit is happy to provide information and advice in relation to various harvesting and milling approvals available to landowners and others involved in the indigenous timber industry and is able to assist them in the approval process.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Miller, Manager, Indigenous Forestry Unit, Phone: 029 9433702.

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