29 Aug 2014

National promises $22.5m to forestry

5:30 pm on 29 August 2014

The National Party is promising to spend $22.5 million over the next five years to support the planting of new forests.

Jo Goodhew.

Jo Goodhew. Photo: NATIONAL PARTY

The party's leader, John Key, and its forestry spokesperson, Jo Goodhew, announced the policy while campaigning in Gisborne today.

Mrs Goodhew said National wanted to lower cost barriers for regional New Zealand and make planting new forests easier.

The scheme is projected to result in about 15,000 hectares of new forest being established.

She said the scheme was an example of National's long-term economic investment in regional New Zealand.

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