23 Nov 2019

Japanese forestry firm fined after waste washed into waterways

3:46 pm on 23 November 2019

A $152,000 fine imposed on a forestry company whose waste washed into a river should be a strong warning to the industry, says Gisborne District Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann.

Japanese-owned company Juken New Zealand was fined yesterday in Gisborne District Court after a large amount of forestry waste from its operations washed into waterways and over land during flooding.

The damage cost millions to repair.

Ms Thatcher Swann said the prosecution sent a message that companies must carefully manage environmental risks.

However in court yesterday, the judge criticised the council, calling its lack of oversight and failure to inspect the company a "disgrace".