Story: West Coast region

Logging protests

The Labour Party advocated a complete halt to native timber milling on the West Coast in the 1999 election campaign. Deputy leader Michael Cullen met with a rowdy reception when he tried 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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/21148/logging-protests (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 7 Sep 2016