The events of 1987 Corporatising and privatising the state’s forests

Authors: Peter Berg
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2013, Issue N.Z.J.For. 58(1) 2013, pp 12-17, May 2013
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: The history of forestry in this country has for more than a 150 years been entwined with government policies and the nation’s politics. During the first decades of European colonisation the forest’s place was a matter of scant regard, with successive 19th century governments promoting settlement as a matter of priority. By the turn of the century, the success of this philosophy was creating some concern. Forests and their products played unique roles in both the social and economic development of the country. Their apparent decline resulted in the realisation that this essential ingredient of the nation’s cultural and commercial heritage needed to be maintained.
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