New Zealand forestry company cleared of Resource Management Act breaches

By George Heagney
February 9, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

John Turkington

NEW ZEALAND — The owner of a forestry company who has been cleared of breaching the Resource Management Act says the charges were without merit. Forestry company John Turkington Ltd was found not guilty by unanimous verdict of four charges of breaching the act after a month-long trial in the Environment Court at Whanganui. The charges were over work done by the company at two sites… between December 2018 and June 2019. …Turkington said the decision to defend the charges were straightforward because he had always maintained the charges were with without merit and would be strenuously defended. …He said his team included people asked by industry and government agencies to advise on the development of best practice standards for the sector, including those that fall under the Resource Management Act and National Environmental Standards.

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