Farmers head to 'Nash'ville to protest

Wednesday 25 May 2022

(RNZ)Angry farmers take carbon forestry protest to Stuart Nash's doorstep - A group of angry East Coast farmers descended on Napier today to protest against carbon forestry, which they say is destroying their towns.

Protestors came from all over the North Island's lower east coast - from East Cape to Wairarapa. Protesters came from all over the North Island's lower east coast - from East Cape to Wairarapa. They left placards plastered on the steps of local MP Stuart Nash's office, who is also the forestry minister.

Among then was Sophie Stoddart is a 14-year-old from Pōrangahau, at the southern end of Hawke's Bay. With the enemy - a pine needle in hand - she spoke passionately, saying carbon forestry could easily ruin her small town.

"Our neighbouring farm has just gone into pines, just a couple of months ago and it was quite heartbreaking to see it go."

She said it was "absolutely tragic" for towns like theirs.

"Pōrangahau is like a really small rural community and it just won't run well - farms provide everything for us at Pōrangahau and it's just a really special place. When there's pine trees all around us there's just no point - no schools, you know, and most of us are all farm kids."

Protest organiser Sheena Watson is from Wairoa.

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Source: RNZ Rural News
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