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Implications of forest management at Whangaruru

Marwick, K.
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ANZSRC::070504 Forestry Management and Environment , ANZSRC::050209 Natural Resource Management , ANZSRC::050204 Environmental Impact Assessment , ANZSRC::140205 Environment and Resource Economics
This thesis examines some implications of forest management in a Maori community situated at Whangaruru,Northland, New Zealand. While regional social and economic impacts have been considered, attention has focussed on the people directly affected by forestry - the local community. A descriptive history of Whangaruru as a traditional community provides a background to discussion of its present condition. The social and economic implications of indigenous and exotic forest management are presented as they affect individuals, families and the community. Future development of the area's resources is considered with reference to the past and present community needs. The method of investigation adopted in this study involved a four month period of residence in the community during which time all field research was carried out. Development in Russell forest has made a significant impact in Whangaruru. The direct and indirect effects of project development must be understood by those involved in resource planning. Their power to influence community existence and individual lifestyles is found to be highly significant. Employment and training of local Maoris at Russell forest promoted the evolution of a dedicated and stable workforce, expansion of forestry in the area, and revitalisation of community activity. Forestry establishment on the Maori Affairs Land Development Station renewed local interest toward development of idle Maori land.
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