Landowner group in Temotu Province claim logging is underway on their land without consent

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DEAR Editor,
RADIO New Zealand International (RNZI) today, Monday 16 October 2017, reported there are three logging camps in operation at Nende allegedly without the required permits.
 
Quoting RNZI this was the full report –
 
According to locals on Temotu’s largest island Nende there are three logging camps in operation there without the required permits.
 
The logging company, Malaysia-based Xiang Lin, earlier claimed to have permission from a former Temotu Provincial executive to operate on Nende.
 
However, no environmental impact assessments were reported to have been submitted, nor any timber rights hearings completed.
 
Dudley Mali of the Nende Resource Development Association said landowners were not happy that early logging activity has begun without their consent.
 
“The Temotu Provincial executive has rejected the timber rights, so we see it as illegal logging by that company. Now we are filing restraining orders on some of the blocks.”
 
Yours sincerely
 
Frank Short
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