Plant­ing trees

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Labour is con­fi­dent that they can plant a bil­lion trees in 10 years, for which my trusty cal­cu­la­tor tells me they’ll need a 10-year pine treeplant­ing gang of at least 5000, pris­on­ers pre­sum­ably, plus a huge su­per­vi­sory team, as­sum­ing one per­son can plant an av­er­age of 10 trees per hour dur­ing an 8-hour work­ing day, of which there are about 250 in a year — space, weather, planter avail­abil­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity, and a sup­ply of plants per­mit­ting.

Colin Meads would be im­pressed, but do we re­ally need all these trees?

Per­haps pris­on­ers would be more prof­itably em­ployed plant­ing cannabis given Labour’s ‘‘pro­gres­sive" drug re­form am­bi­tions? JIM YOUNG Lower Hutt

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