Levy vote supported in referendum

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Forest owners have overwhelmingly voted to continue the Commodity Levies Act Levy Order for Harvested Wood Materials for another six years.

The audited voting results are just in. They were compiled by Research New Zealand, the independent agency that conducted the referendum:

Both of the voting majorities were higher this time than in the inaugural levy vote in 2013. In 2013, the Owner Vote majority was 86.3 percent and there was a Hectare Vote majority of 86.3 percent.

This year’s total vote cast is slightly fewer than the 588 who voted in 2013. The largest area represented by a ‘no’ vote in 2019 was 620 hectares.

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