Bouquets and Brickbats – the good wood

SAVE RAINFORESTS: Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty with Paula Makabory, Mojo Mathers, Frances Mountier and a supportive orangutan outside Carters's at Petone.
SAVE RAINFORESTS: Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty with Paula Makabory, Mojo Mathers, Jan Walker and a supportive orangutan outside Carters's in Christchurch.
GOOD WOOD: Green MP Catherine Delahunty and Paula Makabory congratulate The Warehouse on sound business practices relating to illegally logged hardwood.
GOOD WOOD: Green MP Catherine Delahunty and Paula Makabory (along with Maire Leadbeater, far left, and a supportive cassowary bird) congratulate The Warehouse on sound business practices relating to illegally logged hardwood.

On Wednesday Green MP Catherine Delahunty and West Papuan human rights activist Paula Makabory visted two timber products outlets in Petone.

After some actions in Auckland visiting North Shore timber retailers the tropical timber meets human rights campaign continued in Wellington.

We were accompanied by Maire Leadbeater from the Indonesian Human Rights Committee and a cassowary(replica). The cassowary is an endangered bird from the Papuan rainforest.

We visited The Warehouse to thank them for improving their commitment to “good wood” products. The Warehouse are now stocking only FSC certificated (Forest Stewardship Council) outdoor furniture.

We gave a letter of concern to Carters who are yet to reach this standard and whose suppliers in West Papua are associated with illegal logging. Although Carters are using a verification scheme called Certisource, Greenpeace and other groups are questioning the reality behind the paper trail so Paula asked them to investigate their sources with rigour.

“For business there is good luck and bad luck, for my people of the forest this is life and death.”

Paula continued her campaign in Christchurch on Thursday and Friday, talking to staff, students at the MacMillan Brown Pacific Studies centre, congratulating local authorities for eco seating in Cashel St mall and continuing to draw attention to ethical and not-so ethical retailers by highlighting both good wood sellers and reatailers who need to get real about the threat to the environment and human rights from illegally harvested wood such as kwila.

47 Comments Posted

  1. “Yes, I am the Referendum ‘Orange Guy’.”

    I knew it!!
    Those beady eyes, those rounded stumps for hands, it all makes sense now.

  2. Bugg*r! I’ve been outed – my true identity revealed.
    Yes, I am the Referendum ‘Orange Guy’.
    When will I learn to keep my plasticiney orange lips zipped!

  3. Which cassowary did you research, ’10 second Luke’?

    Was it casuarius pedanticus

    or the lesser-known

    casuarius poeticlicensis ?

    One is commonly known as the ‘nit-picker’,

    the other is not commonly known at all, but is green and has orange feet.

  4. “Luke!!! Is that you being pedantic Buddy? – Welcome – I knew you’d give up on the Reds. who have turned a wholesome marshmallow and are useless (refer last election) anyway.”

    Not really pedantic, just a quick 10 second google image search showed that the Green’s were wrong again. Not sure what you mean about the Reds, are you referring to my questioning of Chris Carter on Red Alert?

  5. Well Sapient – as one who is keyed in to the tunes of the Vast Majority – let me assure you we grow closer every Day – and for very sound reasons too!
    Luke!!! Is that you being pedantic Buddy? – Welcome – I knew you’d give up on the Reds. who have turned a wholesome marshmallow and are useless (refer last election) anyway.
    Are you up for Hire BP? You’ll have to quit this Act – or maybe not…..a biopsy should do hey???
    PR = Public Racontuer. We haven’t had one since Winston left and Rod got serious.

  6. Im going to have to agree with greenfly on this one.
    The costumes are only effective at preaching to the converted and acting to further distance us from the vast majority of voters.

  7. I find it pretty amusing.

    As do many voters, I’m sure 😉

    Y’all need a marketing and PR person….seriously….

  8. Note to Green MPs:

    Pleeeeeease, oh pleeeeeease don’t wear animal costumes or be seen with people who do. Please!

    * This was not intended to be an amusing caption.

  9. “Work at the Warehouse, they said. Meet interesting people, they said. This sh*t ‘aint worth $12.50 an hour…..”

  10. Maire eyes up Caths purse, Delahunty aware of her treachery (due to a previous incident) clasps it tightly between her ankles.

  11. Shunda – fart jokes are a little ‘flat’.

    (this is not a criticism, it’s a wee bit of potty humour)

  12. Re: the ‘Blue-Nosed Tory was in the Audi’

    Can coke-heads make mental notes,

    or more specifically,

    remember them?

  13. delahunty:..

    “this is my crew..i don’t need them anymore..

    ..’cos i’ve joined the mp gang now..

    ..do you want them..?

    ..they come with a guarantee..

    ..and will follow you off a cliff..

    ..especially the guy with the orange feet..

    ..he’ll do anything..”

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

  14. I think the Blue-Nosed Tory was in the Audi, just out of shot, honking for the hippies to get out of the way (also making a mental note to do a lot less coke in future, as the hallucinations are getting worse)

  15. After an unfortunate bout of flatulence, Cath eyeballs the man in disgust while Maire, known for her affection of potty humor, can barely contain herself.

  16. The bird, being a Blue-nosed Tory, simply couldn’t understand the message about rainforests at all !

  17. Featuring their new 4-co-leader line up for 2011, the Greens were perplexed when they plummeted below 5%…..

  18. Talomu double-checked, but Catherine’s “Two-For-One Voucher On Giant Inflatable Birds” had indeed expired….

  19. With her egg securely held betwen her feet in the manner of the Emperor penguins, the rookery’s dominant bird offered a token of welcome to the new male.

  20. The cassowary has the curious habit of constructing its nest from discarded petitions. Here, a male waits patiently in the hope of an accidental slip by the organisers.

  21. Gladys, noticing the arrival of the tropical bird, smiled at the thought of how well it might taste, roasted with a few cloves of garlic and a sprig of rosemary. She began to edge closer…

  22. “Save the rainforrests, save the people; This guy ate three for breakfast, we convinced him to try the free-range ‘abo’ brand”

  23. a caption contest has been suggested for the above photo..

    can i kick it off..?

    delahunty..

    “..we’re trying to get a date for the guy with the orange feet..

    ..are you interested..?

    ..here’s his contact details..”

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

  24. good luck with this, i would help if i were there. I noticed the date and time here, lol, and it’s amazing – you can tell me what happens tomorrow. I always look forward to learning more about the green party around the globe. I’m considering setting up my own environmental site.

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