Forestry Minister Shane Jones (NZ First) announced annual planting of 100 million trees over the next 10 years for DOC/Landcorp, Maori land interests (Maori preferences) and, to a lesser degree, farming interests' surplus lands. It could cost $5 per tree, totaling $500 million per annum.
In reality you can only plant for 10 hours daily, weather permitting, and only for six months of the year, so that's 18 trees per second or 27,396 trees per day. Good luck with that fiscal and economic lunacy and assumption that high demand for timber will continue.
Rational planting programmes are good, but use of an unskilled labour force, or press-ganging the unemployed beggars belief! The associated proposal to build 10,000 (5000 in Auckland) good new homes annually is unmitigated nonsense as demand is slowing and logistics show the forecast unachievable.
NZ First opposes the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary to placate fishing industry's vested interests and iwi race-based bleating, and promotes the Pike River manned entry and the Whangarei NorthPort containerisation aberration. However most NZ First “bottom line” election promises have been jettisoned, namely citizen equality, abolishing race-based Maori seats (waived) and reducing MPs to 100. It doesn't oppose the fabricated Maori language being compulsory in all schools or ETS/carbon taxes. A complete U-turn on race-based issues.
Next election, whenever it is held, this turncoat NZ First bunch faces annihilation.
R Paterson, Matapihi (Abridged).