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

 


DOC ‘consultation’ nothing of the sort


Ruth

DYSON

Conservation Spokesperson

23 April 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
DOC ‘consultation’ nothing of the sort
The Department of Conservation has shown absolute contempt for the consultation process around staff losses and changes, and has made itself a sitting target for a legal challenge, Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“The massive restructuring, which impacts on every region of the country, has allowed just 12 working days for this consultation to occur.

“DOC received more than 1000 submissions on plans to reduce 11 regions to six, yet the department has just announced that its overall restructuring plan will go ahead in basically the same shape was it was when it was originally proposed late last month.

“It is not credible that every one of those submissions has been read and considered, yet that is exactly what a process of consultation requires.

“The Department is also saying it got it 98 per cent right and all those opposed to the focus and specifics of the restructuring got it wrong.

“I disagree. The submitters who argued that the primary functions of advocacy and conservation management need to be restored to the Department, and that staff should be adequately resourced to perform those jobs well, got it exactly right.

“At the same time DOC is being forced to rattle the begging bowls to perform statutory functions - such as pest control – and axing frontline staff, John Key is funding advertising campaigns to attract tourists.

“Our natural estate – at the heart of our clean, green image – is the very reason people visit this country. Yet right now the very department charged with looking after our public land is getting its throat cut.

“The Government has its priorities wrong. We need a properly resourced Conservation Department. It has been forced to go through a sham of a consultation process and many critical jobs will now be lost.

“New Zealand will be the loser,” Ruth Dyson concluded.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Plain Packs Plan: Gordon Campbell On Tobacco Politicking (And The TPP Death Watch)

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. More>>

ALSO:

.


RECENT TPP MEETING:

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news