May 15, 2023
Compliance gap allowed slash disaster
A Māori structural engineer who has worked on United Nations and Red Cross disaster clean-up teams has given the Hekia Parata report on forestry slash the thumbs up.
Regan Potangaroa from Massey University’s School of the Built Environment says the Ministerial Inquiry into Land Uses in Tairawhiti and Wairoa is a comprehensive report turned around in a short time.
He says it’s gone to the heart of why forestry waste became an environmental disaster.
“There should have been more compliance plans in place and I know Gisborne are pushing back on that but when you look though the report the key issue seems to be their recommendation for the Gisborne District Council to include land use policy. That compliance monitoring seems to have somehow gotten lost,” Professor Potangaroa says.