OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.
So he welcomes news that Tararua mayor Tracey Collis and Wairoa mayor Craig Little have called on fellow rural provincial councils to contribute to a collaborative study looking at the impacts of forestry on rural communities.
It aims to look at the impact of forestry on the four wellbeings - social, cultural, economic and environmental; the effects of forestry on soil and water quality; damage caused to roading; fire risk; and the future of carbon farming.
Predictably, this has upset the forestry industry who claim the study is "anti-forestry".
Perhaps the tree barons should put a hold on the crocodile tears until they see exactly what this study finds.