Immigration Minister’s announcement welcomed by industry under strain.
Plantings predicted to hit twice the rate envisaged by CCC.
Local government lobby group slates Bill as ‘expropriation without compensation’ of assets held by authorities for their communities.
Extraction without harming the river is the aim as volumes increase.
Government asked to help protect peri-urban assets in major scheme to bolster defences by widening riverbeds and looking at land use.
Letter from ministers concerning exotic forests only generates uncertainty for iwi.
Feds seeks clarity as Government misses deadline for start of programme.