Forestry Minister Shane Jones has defended the Government's One Billion Trees policy in the face of mounting criticism from rural sector, saying the rise and rise of forestry showed that land use in New Zealand was "in transition".

Increased tree planting has drawn flak in parts of the country, with pastoral land going into forestry, aided by what some see as overseas investment rules that favour forestry, making properties easier to sell to foreign interests while the rules around pastoral land remain tight.

Real Estate Institute of NZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke in June that overseas investment rules and other

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