Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Forest industry breaks off government talks

17 February 2006
Joint Forest Industry Media Release

FEDERATION OF MAORI AUTHORITIES
NZ FARM FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
NZ FOREST OWNERS ASSOCIATION
NZ KYOTO FORESTRY ASSOCIATION


Forest industry breaks off government talks

Relations between government officials and forest owners have broken down, New Zealand Forest Owners Association (NZFOA) president Peter Berg said today.

Mr Berg was speaking on behalf of the NZFOA, Kyoto Forestry Association, NZ Farm Forestry Association and the Federation of Maori Authorities, after industry representatives walked out of a meeting with officials on Wednesday.

Forestry is New Zealand’s fourth largest export industry, generating more than $3 billion in export receipts and employing more than 20,000 people.

“Last July, we were invited by government to enter a dialogue with them to develop ways to maximise the industry’s contribution to tackling climate change and to address New Zealand’s deforestation crisis. We agreed to do so in good faith,” Mr Berg said.

“By inviting us to participate, the government was acknowledging that its forestry and climate policies were on the wrong track.

“Indeed, the inequities relating to forestry were highlighted in an official review and acknowledged by the minister of forestry, Jim Anderton, in December.”

Mr Berg said major industry players had contributed their time and expertise to the development of credible market-based policy alternatives.

“In good faith we developed an agreed industry position which involved an element of compromise among industry players. The NZ Treasury broadly agreed with such a market-based approach which would deliver the government’s climate change and forestry goals.

“However in a long-awaited meeting on Wednesday, we were simply brushed off by MAF officials. They were unwilling to discuss any specific policy options and – unbelievably – claimed that ‘doing nothing’ remains an option they would be presenting to government.

“We were therefore left with no choice but to walk out of the meeting and to make today’s announcement that we are severing contact with government officials over this issue.”

Mr Berg said the inappropriateness of government policy has been confirmed in recent days with the release of MAF data showing that New Zealand’s total plantation forest cover has actually fallen for the first time in more than a century.

“Industry associations will now be asking their members to continue the nationwide ban on government climate change officials entering privately owned forests for carbon monitoring purposes and to extend it indefinitely,” he said.

“The ban which was announced in June last year, has almost total support from individual forest owners throughout New Zealand. It prevents the government from collecting the data it needs to impose new taxes on the industry.

“It is very disappointing that events have taken this turn. However, no engagement with officials can be considered until the government publicly commits itself to working constructively with the industry.

“Forest owners know the forest industry better than anyone, have significant property rights at stake and are directly affected by inept Kyoto policymaking. With appropriate policies, forest owners can help New Zealand meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, saving taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news