Minister Shane Jones wants criminals to help One Billion Trees project

Wednesday 5 Sep 2018

People on the dole and those before the courts could provide some of the labour needed to implement the Government's One Billion Trees project, says Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones.

The outspoken MP told a public meeting at the Tauranga Citizens Club yesterday: 'If you can get up and go to work you should be made to do it.'

He said the forest sector was screaming out for additional employees to roll out the strategy, which would see regional plantings around the country jump from 50 million trees to 65 million next year.

After the meeting, which included a question and answer session, Jones fronted media and said with suitable training some of the people appearing before court should be sent to join planting gangs and "made to pick up a spade".

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Source: NZ Herald

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