30 Apr 2020

Forestry operator needs to borrrow $100k for wages

From Morning Report, 8:19 am on 30 April 2020

The head of a small South Island forestry crew says he's had to find an extra $100,000 in order to pay wages during the lockdown.

Like many New Zealanders, about 40,000 forestry workers were back on the job on Tuesday.

For Matt Winmill, a contractor for forestry company Port Blakely, the end of lockdown couldn't come soon enough.

Winmill is also on the board of the Forestry Industry Contractors Association so has been in contact with numerous other forestry contractors who, like him, face an uncertain future.

He spoke to RNZ reporter Matthew Theunissen.