The Government has ordered a ministerial inquiry into forestry practice and the slash which has filled beaches and destroyed roads in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash, is a Hawke’s Bay resident and says current forestry practices have clearly caused more damage with a lot of wood ending up on our beaches, taking out bridges, and it’s not acceptable. Beaches across both regions have been stacked with it, leading to warnings from health authorities to stay away from beaches until the coastlines can be cleared. Piles of slash also destroyed bridges across the Hawkes Bay and East Coast. The ministerial inquiry is expected to take two months to complete.
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