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


Wood Processing - Top Foreign Exchange Earner

11 April 2001
Wood Processing Could Be Our Top Foreign Exchange Earner

"Forestry and wood processing could go from our third to our top overseas exchange earner if we develop this industry," said Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton today.

Jim Anderton was speaking after the second meeting of the Wood Processing Industry Steering Group, "Today the Wood Processing Industry Steering Group went through an action plan of what has to be done now, this week, this month, and this year," said Jim Anderton.

"By aiming to process 50 per cent of the harvested trees we could create an additional 2000 jobs in the Gisborne region alone, and increase foreign exchange earnings," said Jim Anderton.

The meeting discussed how to deal with the increase of maturing wood in regions, for example, the East Coast will have a 240 per cent increase in the next five years.

The meeting today included forestry and wood processing companies, manufacturers, local authority and CTU representatives. The meeting was chaired by Jim Anderton with Hon Pete Hodgson, Dover Samuels and John Wright, as well as Government agencies such as the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour, MAF and the Ministry of Transport in attendance.

"The whole of Government approach of working in co-operation with industry, local authorities and unions is essential to making progress. The government is making the forestry and wood processing industries a priority and will work to target programmes and assistance to unlock the jobs potential from our forests" said Jim Anderton.

"A key issue is getting skilled workers for industry. Options being explored by the Department of Labour include looking at ways of providing incentives to get people off benefits and into training and work," said Jim Anderton.

The first meeting was on 25 January, and the next meeting is scheduled for mid June.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


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>>


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news