Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Political crunch conference for forestry

Media release
27 February 2014 

Political crunch conference for forestry

The forest industry will be listening intently to what the country's political leaders have to say at a major election year conference in March.

"There are hundreds of thousands of hectares of marginal farmland that would deliver greater long-term returns to the land owners and the New Zealand economy if they were planted in trees. Similarly, New Zealand should be processing more of its logs at home and our nation's public buildings should be exemplars of the wonderful attributes of wood as a construction material," says conference convenor Jon Tanner.

"But they are not. And the answers to the 'why not' ultimately lie in the policies adopted by successive governments. They create the playing field on which our industry plays a very long-term game."

The biennial ForestWood conference attracts the leaders of the country's forest and wood products industries. This year's event, which is being held in Wellington, will focus on the policies needed for the industry to achieve its economic and employment growth potential.

Politicians, industry leaders and political analysts will elaborate on what they plan to do to make the New Zealand forest and wood products industry more successful domestically and in a highly competitive international marketplace. 

The conference is hosted on 19 March at Te Papa, Wellington, by the Wood Council of New Zealand in association with the Wood Processors' Association, NZ Forest Owners Association, Farm Forestry Association, Pine Manufacturers Association and Forest Industry Contractors Association. 

It will follow two high-profile NZ Wood events on 18 March at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington: A seminar on the use of engineered wood products in commercial construction, held in conjunction with the NZ Timber Design Society, followed by the annual NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards dinner.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news