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


Compliance costs stifle forestry growth

6 May 2004

Compliance costs stifle forestry growth

Major investors are looking elsewhere as the Government's compliance costs suffocate the forestry industry, says National's Forestry spokesman, Brian Connell.

He is commenting on a warning from the chairman of Carter Holt Harvey, John Maasland, that rising energy costs and red tape could topple plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in New Zealand.

"Both the ERA and the RMA make doing business unnecessarily difficult, and our core industries are starting to feel the bite," says Mr Connell.

"This, coupled with an increasingly uncertain energy supply and the strong kiwi dollar has proven to be a major headache for the forestry sector, New Zealand's 4th largest export earner, which brings in $3.42 billion a year.

Mr Maasland is seeking assurances that proposed changes to employment legislation will not harm Carter Holt Harvey.

"The Government should stop bowing to its union mates and start working to encourage this kind of investment instead of hampering it.

"We cannot afford to continue down a path that will see a sector as vital to our economy as forestry go down the drain," says Mr Connell.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news