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


Councillors signal value of Gordon Kear Forest ownership

19 February 2018

Councillors signal value of Gordon Kear Forest property ownership

Palmerston North City Council’s Finance and Performance Committee has today unanimously voted to recommend that Council retain ownership and consider ways to enhance the community environmental value of the 678 hectare Gordon Kear Forest property, south of the city.

The property currently includes 250 hectares of native forest and 401 hectares of young plantation forestry.

Council began a review into its long term ownership of the property, following the first forestry harvest in 2016. The report was presented to the Committee this morning and confirmed the area’s important social and environmental values, including carbon storage, biodiversity, water supply, recreation, soil and water protection.

The Committee then unanimously voted to recommend that Council retain ownership and consider ways to enhance the area to maximise its value to the city.

“Today’s decision signals the continued value Council places on the area as a significant natural asset and its potential to create better social and environmental opportunities for Palmerston North,” says Fiona Dredge, Council’s Business Development Executive.

“Not only this, but the commercial pine plantation is expected to provide a return of around 6% across the current rotation – in line with national forestry investment returns.”

Further recommendations to Council included undertaking investigations relating to recreational uses and future city water supply options on the property.

The recommendations will be voted on as part of a full Council meeting.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Getting To Zero: Challenging But Achievable

Today we released our draft report on how New Zealand should transition to a low-emissions economy. New Zealand has had climate change policies in place for some time but these have not been effective in reducing domestic emissions. For businesses, households, investors and consumers to manage the risks and seize the opportunities of moving to a low-emissions future, change is needed.

“Our report shows that major changes will be needed”, says our Chair, Murray Sherwin, “Emerging technologies are likely to play a large role in facilitating those changes and creating new opportunities for New Zealand. Our inquiry shows that, if credible and stable climate policy can be established now, businesses, households and consumers will be better able to plan for change and manage the risks of moving to a low-emissions economy.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages