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


Primary Production Still Fundamental

Media Release

27 March 2006

Primary Production Still Fundamental

New Zealand First says that the current account deficit is disturbing, and that the only way to address the trade imbalance is to increase the value of our exports and reduce imports.

“New Zealand was built on the back of the farming sector, and it is there that we have to look to equalise the current trade deficit,” said Primary Production spokesperson Doug Woolerton.

“While I agree that it would be nice to be able to reduce our dependence on the primary sector, at the moment we need to address the imbalance, and increasing our farming exports is the only way I can see that will afford some relief.

“The implementation of incentives for exporters that provide for sustainable economic growth may not be palatable, but in view of the fact that there is no knight in shining armour on the horizon, I suggest that this kind of action needs to be taken.

“In the meantime, it is imperative that we get smarter, and come up with new and innovative ways of expanding our exports that recognise our comparative advantage in primary production but also broaden our export base,” said Mr Woolerton.


© 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