13 February 2007
Don’t Burn the
New Zealand First forestry spokesperson Doug
Woolerton is calling for calm in the carbon credit debate
and rational discussion rather than rash action.
of burning trees or bulldozing forests is not helpful.
Rather than taking a hard line, all sides should meet and
discuss the issue. New Zealand’s forests represent a
tremendous natural resource and the last thing anyone wants
is to damage or destroy that resource. That is not in our
nation’s best interests,” said Mr Woolerton.
Zealand First accepts that there are important property
rights issues to be resolved, and acknowledges that the
ownership of carbon credits is important to the forestry
industry. The market for carbon credits is emerging, and it
is not in the nation’s best interests to take entrenched
positions at this early stage,” said Mr Woolerton.
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>