[1 December/Radio NZ]

The owners of six forests on the East Coast have been notified that they are to be prosecuted by Gisborne District Council under the Resource Management Act over damage to farms from flood-borne logging debris that occurred following two heavy rain storms in the region around Queens Birthday weekend in June. Farmers are still feeling the effects of the man-made floods, when forestry debris washed down and blocked rivers and damaging farms. The cost of the damage is still to be finalised but it has been estimated to be in the millions of dollars. The charges will be heard in the Gisborne District Court in January.  Information has not yet been released on the exact charges that have been filed against each forest owner.