Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Time To End “Emotive Bull” Over West Coast Logging

Representatives of the wood sector of the National Distribution Union are to meet with Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, over the weekend in attempt to try and retain West Coast rimu contracts. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard reports.

The Greymouth Evening Star last night reported that union secretary, Jim Jones, will also invite representatives of some of the companies directly involved with the issue to the weekend meeting with Mr Anderton.

Mr Jones said it was time for "the emotive bullshit" over the issue to stop.

He said the green movement and the timber industry were both guilty of playing the emotional hand rather than dealing with fact.

His union believed sustainable management of Crown-owned native timber should be allowed.

Mr Jones suggested existing rimu contracts should be allowed to run with one proviso.

" They should be allowed to run until such time an independent, well qualified research team can do a comprehensive study and provide a factual conclusion as to whether the current regime of rimu harvesting is sustainable or not," Mr Jones said.

"Timberlands has been recognised worldwide as having developed innovative sustainable harvesting techniques.....do we want to lose that?" he said.

In its pre-election manifesto the Labour Party recognised that it will need to take action to rationalise the West Coast logging regime and promised to establish a panel of experts to apply appropriate conservation criteria with a view to transferring any land meeting those criteria to the DOC estate.

That has not been done which has entrenched Coasters views they are being treated unfairly by the Government particularly when South Westland rimu is already sustainably harvested according to the law.

Mr Jones disagreed that Greens and environmentalists would never be happy until all native logging on public land was stopped.

"That is not true of all Greens. I have a saying that you have to be on the planet before you can save it. We have worked positively with many Greens in other areas and I'm sure there are many who would support sustainable management of indigenous forests," he said.

"My big worry is that members within Cabinet may not look at the facts but instead deal with it on an emotional basis," Mr Jones said.

"Coasters can be assured that Mr Anderton and Dr Cullen will give it their best shot in trying to convince Cabinet colleagues to allow the contracts to run," he said.

Meanwhile, West Coast/Tasman MP Damien O'Connor says the Cabinet decision over rimu contracts will be the test of Government credibility.

"I am appreciative of Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton's support for the West Coast position. The commercial world and primary industry sectors are watching closely the Government's management of the issue.

West Coast mayors have now receive expert professional economic-impact advice that if the South Westland rimu contracts are also to end before 2008, a further $30 million will need to be added to the $120 million so far promised.

The Coast has also lost more that 250 jobs in the last 5 years through Government simply moving functions off the Coast. 130 jobs have been lost in the mining industry over that time while more that 1,000 15-24 year-olds have left the Coast in the last 10 years.

Coaster's say while these losses might appear small to people living in big cities, they have been devasting for the West Coast with a total population of just 32,000 in an area larger than between Auckland and Wellington.

With feelings running high, monday's Cabinet decision will determine what future action the West Coast communities will take and whether they will accept any package at all.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news