Whose tree is it? Whose farm is it?
The announcement of the sale of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses to Japanese interests, consolidates New Zealand’s forestry interests into foreign ownership.
Over 70% of plantation forests are already owned by overseas interests and now all the major forest products processors are foreign owned.
Successive governments have succeeded in a sell-off of New Zealand’s trees and forest products businesses and should be deeply ashamed.
An urgent change in overseas ownership policy must happen before all primary production is gone to overseas interests. Consistently agricultural land and processing is also going to overseas interests, from dairy, hill country and even apple orchards.
In the 2014 International Year for Family Farming an urgent rethink about overseas ownership of land and processing must happen or family farming and forestry will be history as New Zealanders increasingly slide further towards a peasant-hood controlled by corporates.