Milling native timber without consent has earned a Raetihi
man and business a $15,000 fine.
Sawmiller Max Cody and his business Timber and Stone Ltd were
also ordered to pay $6000 in costs when sentenced at the
Ohakune District Court on August 16 for illegally milling and
Ministry for Primary Industries said the charges followed
information received that tawa trees had been forested from
Waimarino Forest near Raetihi.
An investigation identified Cody, a previously registered
sawmiller, and a search at his property located a sawmill in
a shed, about 4 cu m of tawa, and the remnants of a
sawmilling operation in a paddock.
The search also revealed evidence that Cody had already sold
about 8.7 cu m of tawa to an Auckland timber merchant, which
was later seized.
Milling of native timber is controlled under the Forest Act
1949 through forest management plans or permits.
MPI northern compliance manager Greg Keys said felling native
timber without consent threatens the sustainability of
"In this case because of the very slow growing nature of tawa
trees, replacement will likely take many decades," he said.
"This sort of blatant offending is unacceptable and MPI is
pleased to see the courts talking a strong stance in this