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

 


Shut the door on big-box retailing, urge Greens


Shut the door on big-box retailing, urge Greens

Green MP Mike Ward today called for a moratorium on 'out-of-zone' big-box retail projects, saying the city-fringe developments are eroding the vitality of Central Business Districts.

The Green spokesperson for Small Business said large out-of-zone stores already enjoy huge advantages over locally owned CBD businesses, and allowing more of them would only create a most uneven playing field.

"We need to put the brakes on these concrete monstrosities to find out what they are doing to the mainstreets of our towns and cities," said Mr Ward.

"It is vital that comprehensive research is carried out to determine whether these megastores are a sustainable use of the community's resources.

"While there is considerable anecdotal evidence of the disastrous impacts of big-box retailing on town centres and local manufacturers, more than anecdotes are required if local communities are to resist the march of the big-boxes.

"British and Canadian studies have indicated a substantial decline in inner-city retailing since the advent of out-of-zone big-box retailing, with some Canadian cities losing between 25 to 38 per cent trade.

Mr Ward said he would back local authorities threatened with appeals to the Environment Court if they decline big-box retail applications in the interests of the business vitality of their town.

The Greens Buy Local campaigner hoped communities would see the "big footprint" created by megastore development as a call for action, not a cause for despair.

"Stopping the big stores may be a big ask but spending more of our money in our own communities should not be too ambitious for people determined to see their communities survive.

"Folk need to realise that a bargain is only a bargain if the product is going to last and we don't lose any jobs in the process by buying cheap and inferior products sourced offshore," said Mr Ward.

Mr Ward will visit Palmerston North to address a meeting on the big-box phenomenon on Thursday, June 19 at the Cosmopolitan Club, 12-20 Pitt Street, Palmerston North. The meeting begins at 7pm.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news