Professor John Craig's papers
on the TWC beech management proposals, for the Buller District Council.
Introduction to the papers.

Professor Craig advises that Ms Sue Thompson of Buller District Council gave him permission to make copies available to others. It is unclear if this includes obtaining material from internet pages, SO please use this material for study only, and one person per household at a time.

In her excellent article in the April 2000 issue of North & South magazine, Deborah Coddington wrote:

      "For expert advice, the Buller District Council commissioned Professor John Craig, Auckland University head of the School of Environmental Science, to write an independent report. Initially sceptical, Craig visited the forests several times and was impressed by the plans."

      "Bearded, craggy Craig is a self-confessed tree-hugger - clad in khaki shorts, sandals and a tuatara tee-shirt. The darling of the Auckland greenies, he is credited with being responsible for the establishment of DOC's bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi island in the Hauraki Gulf. Four kilometres off the Whangaparoa peninsula, the predator-free reserve is now home to saddleback, little spotted kiwi, whitehead, parakeet, kokako, North Island robin and the takahe."

      "Most of New Zealand is not managed sustainably, if you look at areas like agriculture. But this was the best attempt at sustainable management by industry that I have ever read," says Craig.

      He recommended Timberlands be granted the consents they sought, and concluded his report with: "The most important issue is not just the protection of habitat and habitat features believed necesary for threatened species but an integrated management that ensures survival of the threatened species as well."

      Craig suggested rather than Timberlands being the destroyer of forests, it was the opposite: "Given the measures proposed by the applicant plus the conditions in my report on ecological aspects such as pest control, granting the consent will have a beneficial effect on the threatened species in the forest. It is important to contrast this with the declared low level of national predator control on the public conservation estate (DOC) and the acknowledged nationwide decline in biodiversity largely attributed to the presence of pests."

So, with that introduction, read what he reported to the Buller District Council. The pages are a bit rough at the moment, but editing of the html code is under way.

Go to page 1 of Professor John Craig's evidence.