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.