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


Forests Announcement Exposes Govt Double Standard

30 May 2001

"Stopping sustainable Timberlands forestry on the West Coast while turning a blind eye to the clear felling of Southland Maori forests and the importation of clear felled forest products smacks of double standard and hypocrisy," National's Conservation spokesman Nick Smith said today.

"The priorities are all wrong. Stopping the ongoing clear felling of lowland forests in the Catlins is of far greater conservation importance than stopping these forests being sustainably managed by Timberlands.

"Forests that are sustainably managed retain their national values, while clear felled forests are permanently trashed and lost forever. That is why National when in Government put its resources and effort into protecting the Waitutu and Lord's River forests rather than halting sustainably managed West Coast forests.

"The irony is that by stopping sustainable management of forests in New Zealand, imports have grown by over 50% resulting in the clear felling of forests in Africa and the Pacific. The Government seems to be applying the opposite of 'think globally, act locally' by adopting the 'not in my back yard' philosophy.

"The Government has contradicted itself in accusing Timberlands of trashing these forests, then stating they are so pristine they qualify for Reserve and National Park status. The fact that the forests, sustainably managed by Timberlands for over a decade, meet the ecological standards required by law is a testament of how well the forests have been managed by Timberlands.

"The irony is that the pest control by Timberlands has been more vigorous than in West Coast forests managed by the Department of Conservation and that the transfer is likely to see less birds like the kiwi and kaka survive.

"West Coasters will have every right to feel shafted by this Government. Labour and conservationists agreed to these forests being set aside for sustainable management in the 1980s in a trade-off for huge areas being set aside for conservation, but today the Government has reneged on that deal. The West Coast will never trust Labour again," Dr Smith said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels