Forestry owners welcome Peters' plan to save industry
New Zealand First leader WInston Peters wants a new Forest Service and potential local industry quotas made a priority in any coalition negotiations this week. The MMP 'kingmaker', who's planning to talk to both National and Labour, has told RNZ the new government needs to safeguard wood supply to New Zealand mills. David Rhodes is the chief executive of Forestry Owners Association, representing the owners of commercial forests. He's discussed the issue with Mr Peters a few times and tells us he's welcoming the plan.