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


Government’s forestry record woeful

Gordon Copeland Press Release
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, 19th March 2008

Government’s forestry record woeful

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, the Kiwi Party’s spokesperson on forestry, today expressed his dismay at the news that a record 19,000 hectares of trees were deforested in 2007.

“This follows the deforestation of 5,000 hectares in 2004, and a further 11,000 hectares in both 2005 and 2006,” said Mr Copeland.

“These outcomes can only be described as disastrous and I find the spin which Forestry Minister, Jim Anderton, has attached to those figures breathtaking in the scope of its denial.”

“Minister, the hard facts are that when New Zealand signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, we should have immediately embarked on a massive nation-wide tree planting exercise. If we had acted then, New Zealand would now have a greatly enlarged forestry carbon sink, and avoided our estimated $900 million liability under the Protocol.”

“At the same time, we would have prevented soil erosion and greatly improved the environment. The fact that the Minister, faced with those realities, greets the news of this vast deforestation by claiming that it could have been even worse, is mind boggling.”

“Simply stated, the Government is doing too little, too late and we have lost a fabulous opportunity through years of inaction.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election