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


Review Panel holds successful meetings in Christchurch

Independent Forestry Safety Review
Press release – 13 June 2014
Review Panel holds successful consultation meetings in Christchurch

The Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel held a series of successful consultation meetings in Christchurch today, following on from three positive meetings in Balclutha yesterday.

Panel Chair George Adams noted that “the public meeting saw over 30 participants have a chance to tell the Panel the issues in the forestry sector that concerned them. We heard from contractors, forest managers and owners and others working in the forestry sector. It was an important chance for their voice to be heard as part of the Review process”.

“Discussion was had a on a wide range of issues from tools and equipment on the forest block to the role of the regulator in enforcing health and safety obligations. The meeting addressed system-wide issues impacting health and safety”.

“Following the public meeting, we were grateful that a number of contractors brought their crew to meet the Panel. This enabled us to hear the issues directly from those who are working in our forests. It is important that forest workers have their voices heard and it is vital that workers feel comfortable and safe in standing up and talking about safety issues”.

Since 2008, there have been 64 workers seriously injured in Canterbury. One has died. Since 2008, there have been 28 fatalities across New Zealand. The Review is being undertaken because one fatality is one too many. The forest block needs to become a safe place to work.

“The rate of injury in forestry is the highest of any sector in New Zealand – this needs to change”, Panel Chair, George Adams commented. “And, all parts of the industry have to work together. There is no silver bullet and simply looking at the immediate cause of an accident or fatality won’t provide the answer”.

Hazel Armstrong again highlighted that there is a forecast growth of 30% in planation forest harvesting in future years. She commented that “there is a real risk things will get worse in the forestry sector and this would be totally unacceptable. No matter what is said about the work that has been done, it is clear that more is needed. Ten people died last year”.

To support the public consultation phase of the Review it released a consultation document on 6 June 2014. The document is available on the Review’s website at and submissions are due to the Panel by 12 noon, Friday 4 July 2014.

The Panel will also be travelling to Whangarei, Gisborne, Nelson, Rotorua and Balcultha.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news