Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Timberlands proposal balances conservation, jobs

15 May 2000
Timberlands proposal balances conservation, jobs

The proposal to end native timber logging on Crown-managed land by 31 March 2002 would achieve a significant conservation gain while minimising the risk of job losses, the shareholding ministers of Timberlands West Coast Ltd said today.

Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Minister Responsible for Timberlands West Coast Pete Hodgson said the proposed end date would give sawmills and the furniture industry a chance to adjust to the loss of Timberlands rimu.

"Government policy is to end the logging as soon as practicable," Mr Hodgson said. "Allowing it to continue until 2007 would be too long from a conservation point of view. Ending it immediately would give the timber and furniture industries no time to adjust, putting jobs at risk. Our proposal balances those considerations. It would mean job losses need not occur."

The ministers said they would consult carefully and thoroughly with Timberlands' board over the implications of an early end to Timberlands' rimu logging. As the owner of Timberlands, the Crown is able to direct the company to cease rimu logging by way of a ministerial directive under section 13 of the SOE Act. The State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 requires consultation with the board before a directive is made.

"As shareholding ministers we recognise that an early end to Timberlands' rimu logging could have significant consequences for the company," Mr Hodgson said. "We will be exploring those issues with the board."

Timberlands has three eight-year contracts for rimu supply, extending to 31 December 2007. An early exit from those contracts is possible because they contain a force majeure clause. The clause exempts Timberlands from liability if it is unable to fulfil the contracts because of circumstances beyond its control, including a change in Government policy.

Mr Hodgson said the ministers' consultation with the Timberlands board would begin as soon as possible following the passage of the Forests (West Coast Accord) Bill, which is being introduced to Parliament today. The bill would cancel the 1986 West Coast Accord. It also provides for a mechanism for adding Timberlands native forest to the Conservation estate.

Mr Hodgson is the minister responsible for the bill's progress through the House. He said Parliament should have the opportunity to debate the bill before consultation with Timberlands began.

Dr Cullen said he had informed the West Coast Mayors today of the Government's intentions, as part of ongoing discussions on the proposed $120 million economic development package for the region.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news