Parliament

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

 

Copeland calls for banning of imported timber


Copeland calls for banning of imported timber

The news that January’s trade deficit was New Zealand’s worst month since 1986 indicates that it is time for New Zealand to get real about import substitution, according to United Future’s forestry spokesperson, Gordon Copeland.

“Last year for example we spent $284 million importing into this country so-called “special purpose timber” and very few of these imports are from verifiable sustainable sources.

“At the same time we insist that our own indigenous (privately owned) timber industry mills and markets only against high level sustainability criteria. This is a complete mismatch which does nothing for world conservation, utilises scarce overseas funds, and makes much of our sustainable indigenous timber industry uneconomic.

“Government must act immediately on two fronts. Firstly, by banning the importation of timber into New Zealand unless it is sourced on a verifiable sustainable basis and secondly, adopt and promote the use of indigenous timbers extracted on a verifiable and sustainable basis.

“Let’s for once exercise some common sense and create a level playing field to favour our own forest owners,” said Mr Copeland.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages