28 Jul 2008

Kwila import into New Zealand declines

1:58 pm on 28 July 2008

A major retail chain store in New Zealand Harvey Norman has decided to stop importing and selling outdoor furniture products made from Kwila timber.

Kwila timber is sourced illegally and unsustainably from Indonesia-controlled West Papua.

The Indonesian Human Rights Committee's Maire Leadbeater says they're pleased that Harvey Norman joins a number of other major retailers making similar moves.

"They are going to be phasing out their stocks of kwila. And from next March they will not be stocking any kwila at all. And they're actually joining a list of several other firms who've made a number of similar undertaking. That's not to say you won't perhaps be seeing the odd kwila stock in some of their stores over the summer as they phase out old stock. But for the future they've made that commitment."

Maire Leadbeater says it's a turning point in the campaign to have kwila listed as an endangered species under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species.