The Department of Conservation has made more than $1 million by harvesting native timber blown over by a cyclone on the West Coast.
Up to 400,000 hectares of public conservation land in the West Coast was damaged by Cyclone Ita in April 2014.
The government passed urgent legislation to allow the Department of Conservation (DoC) to open parts of the coast to operators to harvest the timber.
So far more than 5000 cubic metres of timber has been harvested, 90 percent of which was rimu.
DoC spokesman Tim Shaw said $1.2 million had been made from processing the timber. . .
That windfall money will be spent on conservation yet Labour and the Greens opposed the legislation that made it possible.