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

 


Northland Storm damage devastating for forest businesses

23rd July 2014

Northland Storm damage still devastating for forest businesses

The devastating effects of storm damage in Northland continues to have a significant and lasting effect on forest contracting businesses, as infrastructure repairs have been delayed in the far North.

“Our members in forest harvesting, tree-planting, and log transport are still suffering directly from the road closures and detours which makes business near impossible to carry on with,” said contractors’ association spokesman, John Stulen, today.

“It’s a bad look on the government’s part, with their lack of ability to provide for industry. Road access and logging loads are still being severely limited. Our forest-based businesses are just as important to the export economy as farming in key regions like Northland,” added Mr Stulen.

“We’d like to see Steven Joyce, as Minister of Economic Development and Small Business, get out to see the continuing effect on our members’ businesses actually,” says Mr Stulen, “because if he saw how much it is hurting small forestry businesses first hand, there might be more understanding of the need to fix the roads faster.”

At the very least, there should be some coordinated government department relief for forestry businesses who have to continue to make payments for road user charges, GST and PAYE, even though their own cashflows have been severely impacted by the damage caused to infrastructure. Everyone pays the same road user charges nationwide, but our members in the north are disadvantaged by having a weak roading network.

“We all saw the Minister for Primary Industries last week, expressing his support for affected farmers, but did anyone pay attention to struggling forest contractors? Not that any of our members saw, that’s for sure,” added Stulen.

Forestry in Northland continues to be one of the key growth areas for export opportunities according to the contractors’ association, FICA, but the chance of surviving the combined effect of export price drops and inferior infrastructure means, in the future, there may not be very many forest contractors able to carry on with business as usual.

About Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA)
FICA’s role is to help forest contractors and their clients work smarter and safer. This is achieved through professional development programmes including regional seminars, workshops and networking meetings around key forest product regions of the country.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

Gordon Campbell:
On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable.

So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise central and local government for their inaction on a threat to the country’s economic health and financial stability.

That threat has been real for some time. The housing price bubble has already created a currency bubble... Undaunted, the government keeps calling this situation a success story. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Bangladesh: GCSB Dragging NZ Into Human Rights Abuses

The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today. More>>

ALSO:

Troops Heading To Iraq: Government Must Come Clean On Deployment

New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture of secrecy and unknown protections around the deployment.” More>>

ALSO:

Image: Strikers And Protestors Join Outside McDonald's

A group of protestors took to McDonald’s Manners St today as a part of the international fast food workers day of action to end zero hour contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Special Education Funds Not Spent

More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve. More>>

ALSO:

John Key: Pre-Budget Speech To Business NZ

So this Government will remain relentlessly focused on improving the competitiveness of our economy... We will continue to give businesses a platform to invest, grow and create jobs in the knowledge they will be backed by a clear and consistent government policy programme. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia: Andrew Little’s Response To John Key’s Pre-Budget Address

Labour Party leader Andrew Little spoke today on John Key’s pre-budget address this afternoon in Wellington. Little said National has had seven years to achieve a surplus and Kiwis have “fufilled their end of the bargain.” More>>

Surplus Baggage: Key Backs Off ‘Artificial Target’

John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On UE Pass Rates And University Dropout Rates

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university... Unfortunately the two problems seem related. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news