On Friday 4 July the Indpendent Forestry Safety Review Panel released their Public Consultation Document.
It is a very significant piece of work that provides a deep exploration of many of the issues in the New Zealand forestry sector. Here is some of the more significant media coverage: TV3, TVNZ and RadioNZ.
The document itself is a bit of a monster – it clocks in at 97 pages. There is also a much shorter (only 24 pages) summary. You can find both at the below links:
The Panel is soon to begin a public consultation process, with meetings in the following locations (exact locations are yet to be finalised):
- Balclutha on Thursday 12 June
- Christchurch on Friday 13 June
- Rotorua on Wednesday 18 June
- Whangarei on Friday 20 June
- Gisborne on Monday 23 June
- Nelson on Wednesday 25 June
From around 5pm in each of the above locations there will be a meeting for workers only. We encourage as many workers as possible to make their way along to these meetings, to publicise them and to get their mates to come along.
FIRST Forestry Together will also be organising meetings for workers in areas where the Panel is unable to get to. We are currently thinking Kaitaia, Tokoroa, Murupara, Whakatane, Napier and somewhere in the Manawatu-Wellington region. We will provide more detail on exactly where and when these meetings will be as that information becomes available.