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


Federated Farmers Supports Forest Amendment Act

11 August 1999

Federated Farmers National Board member Chris Lester today supported the Forest Amendment Bill currently before the Transport and Environment Select Committee.

"This bill unequivocally recognises the property rights of owners of land subject to the South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 (SILNA)," Mr Lester said.

Mr Lester was speaking after he presented the Federated Farmers of New Zealand submission to the Select Committee.

"Federated Farmers supports this Bill, which will bring the SILNA forests into a sustainable management regime on a voluntary basis."

Mr Lester said, "The federation supports the Bill, and believes that the principles behind the Bill are extremely important, and should be extended to all affected landowners."

"Federated Farmers of New Zealand vigorously opposed the 1993 Forest Amendment Act as it ripped away forest owners' property rights. This bill avoids this injustice, but only for a those owners affected by the South Island Landless Natives Act."

"Federated Farmers applauds Minister Luxton's vision that will see a sustainable forest management regime that is dependent upon agreements being struck between the Crown and affected parties."

"In essence, the Minister has recognised landowners' voluntary efforts to sustainably manage their land and for those owners to seek compensation as part of entering into a voluntary agreement. The arbitrary removal of landowners' rights under the 1993 Act removed a great deal of goodwill."

"The key to environmental management and maintaining the integrity of New Zealand's biodiversity is using the goodwill of landowners and their voluntary efforts. The principles behind this Bill should be extended through further legislation to cover both Maori landowners and other landowners alike," Mr Lester concluded.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Climate Summary: NZ’s Equal-2nd Warmest Year On Record

Annual temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C above the annual average) across the majority of New Zealand... 2018 was the equal 2nd-warmest year on record for New Zealand, based on NIWA’s seven-station series which began in 1909. More>>


GDP: Economic Growth Dampens In The September Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.3 percent in the September 2018 quarter, down from 1.0 percent in the previous quarter, Stats NZ said today... GDP per capita was flat in the September 2018 quarter, following an increase of 0.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter. More>>


Up $1.20: $17.70 Minimum Wage For 2019

Coalition Government signals how it will move toward its goal of a $20 p/h minimum wage by 2021... “Today we are announcing that the minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019." More>>


Retail: IKEA To Open In New Zealand

Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is today announcing its intentions to grant the Ingka Group exclusive rights to explore expansion opportunities in New Zealand. More>>