Story: West Coast region

Logging protests

The Labour Party advocated a complete halt to native timber milling on the West Coast during the 1999 election campaign. Deputy leader Michael Cullen received a rowdy reception when he attempted to explain the policy at a meeting in Greymouth. Labour won the election and milling was halted. Substantial cash compensation was paid to the region, which led to the setting up of Development West Coast.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Forestry and fishing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016