Parliament

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

 

Gov't Could Resuscitate Mataura Mill

Gov't Could Resuscitate Mataura Mill Through Buy-Local

The Government could resuscitate the Mataura paper mill by committing to purchasing copy paper for all Government departments and Crown agencies from the Carter Holt Harvey plant, Green co-leader Rod Donald said today.

It was announced yesterday that the Southland paper mill would close next month, with the loss of 155 jobs. But Mr Donald said today that the job losses were unnecessary and reversible.

"The Government could help keep the mill open if it purchased the bulk of the tens of thousands of reams of paper used by their offices from New Zealand sources. 90% of photocopy paper is imported, so there is a lot of room for local expansion."

"The Industrial Supplies Office in the Ministry of Economic Development is responsible for sourcing Government supplies locally. I will be writing to the Minister today to ask whether he will get the Industrial Supplies Office to swing into action to save the mill.

"Purchasing decisions by Government, and by local councils and businesses, should be made with the long term health of the community in mind. We have got to look beyond the immediate cost of supplies and at the end cost to the community and to local enterprises when cheap imports push them out of business."

A study by the Industry Supplies Office in January found for $1 million of goods imported unnecessarily; 16 jobs disappear and the Government loses $118,000 in tax revenue and pays out $159,000 in welfare.

"Carter Holt Harvey have said that the mill has made a loss over the last four years because of fierce import competition, and that is what lead to the mill's closure. These job losses are just another example of the downside of globalisation," said Mr Donald.

Mr Donald said Mr Anderton should put retaining jobs before creating new ones, because there was already a serious amount of capital invested in the mill and trained workers living in the area.

"I support the Ministry of Economic Development's efforts to create new jobs, but lets save existing ones first. The "job machine" won't go anywhere unless the goods produced sell on the local market. As the major purchaser in the country, the Government has to put its purchasing power behind local industry."

"I'm also concerned recycling in the South Island will suffer if the mill closes because Mataura is the main purchaser of waste paper."

Rod Donald MP: 03 366 3292 or 025 507 183 Gina Dempster, Press secretary: 04 470 6723 or 021 1265 289

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels