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


Cullen lays down sustainability challenge

Media release 29 November 2007

Cullen lays down sustainability challenge

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has challenged the primary sector to lead the way in making New Zealand the world’s first truly sustainable nation.

He laid down the challenge to the 350 participants in Primary Industries 2020, a Summit looking at the long-term strategic direction primary industries must take to succeed in an increasingly globalised world.

In his opening address at the Christchurch Convention Centre, Dr Cullen said New Zealand has been through several economic transformations, and its primary sector has emerged as one of the most efficient in the world.

The Government has declared its intention of making New Zealand the world’s first sustainable economy, he said, which would be another major transformation.

“There can be no question that primary industries must lead the way in that endeavour.”

Primary industries have already made huge advances in productivity, and if the rest of the economy had made similar advances, we would now be aiming to reach the top quarter of the OECD, not the top half, Mr Cullen said. But they needed to do even more.

“We have a real chance to be an example to the rest of the world … sustainability is no longer a choice for us, it’s a necessity.”

Increasing globalisation meant that, while New Zealand could implement the best economic planning and practices, we would feel the effects if any of our trading partners faltered. To ensure we prospered in such an environment, we have to ensure that our macroeconomic management was strong and that our sustainability credentials are impeccable.

“If we want people to continue to buy our products, if we want a steady increase in the number of tourists who come here … we can’t allow questions about our sustainability credentials to linger. Internationally, we must be seen to be pursuing sustainability in every way.

“The primary sector must lead on sustainability if our pursuit of sustainable economic transformation is to be anything other than rhetoric.”

Primary Industries 2020 is a groundbreaking Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry initiative, bringing together businesses and other stakeholders in New Zealand’s largest economic sector.

The two-day Summit is being headed by Jim Anderton, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity, and was also addressed on the first day by Minister for Climate Change, David Parker.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


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>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: 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>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news