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10 August 2010
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced the continuation of the 2002 South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 (SILNA) policy, following an independent review of the policy. The 2002 SILNA policy was designed to address unsustainable management of SILNA forests, while recognising the history of the SILNA issue and the views of the owners.
"The Government has accepted the main recommendations of the review and will continue with the 2002 SILNA Policy for a further five years, or until the existing funding is exhausted," says Mike Jebson, MAF Director of Natural Resources.
"Over the next five years, the Government organisations involved – the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Department of Conservation, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori Land Court – will work to proactively promote the key elements of the 2002 policy - negotiating conservation protection and developing Sustainable Forest Management Plans for SILNA forests. Since the policy promotes sustainable management of SILNA forests on a voluntary basis, it is up to the owners to make decisions about the future options for their forests."
SILNA forests cover approximately 17 300 hectares of Māori owned land in the South Island, including around 5,000 hectares considered to be forests of a high conservation value.
Read the full review report here www.maf.govt.nz/forestry/silnareview
Jackie Grenfell, Senior Communications Adviser
Phone: 04 894 0376, Mobile: 029 894 0376