Parliament

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

 

Windblown timber Bill passed

Windblown timber Bill passed


The passing of the West Coast Windblown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill by 65 to 51 votes is a victory for common sense that will enable valuable native timber felled in Cyclone Ita to be recovered and used, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“New Zealand is not such a wealthy country that we can leave thousands of tonnes of valuable windblown timber to rot. This law will enable salvage of the felled timber that will provide welcome opportunities for jobs and economic activity on the West Coast, and earn extra revenue for the Department of Conservation,” Dr Smith says.

“We have taken a balanced approach in excluding the most valued conservation areas on the West Coast like World Heritage Areas, national parks and ecological areas. The law requires that the Director-General of Conservation, in granting authorisations to remove the timber, ensures the environmental impacts are minimised and that all practical steps are taken to ensure that the work is carried out safely.

“I acknowledge and appreciate the support of the United Future and Māori Parties. The decision of two Labour MPs to vote against their party shows the deep divisions within Labour over natural resource issues. These splits in Labour follow other contradictions over oil and gas exploration in Taranaki this week and the departure of Shane Jones because of their anti-development policies.

“The next step will be for the Department to advertise for Expressions of Interest. There have already been a number of enquiries received from saw millers on the West Coast. The passage of this Bill now enables the timber industry to put together detailed plans on salvaging this valuable wood.

“This law quite deliberately expires in 2019 because it would not be appropriate to make permanent changes to the Conservation Act from this shortened parliamentary process. Research will be commissioned on how timber recovery impacts on natural forest recovery and will inform a longer-term decision on whether it is appropriate to salvage windblown timber in future storm events.

“It is a tragedy that so much forest has been wrecked by Cyclone Ita but there is no good in leaving the wood to rot. This legislation reflects the National-led Government’s pragmatic, ‘blue-green’ approach where we use our natural resources in a common sense way to create wealth and jobs for New Zealand.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On (Not) Taking Responsibility, Terrorism Porn, And Dylan’s 76th

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point.

Reportedly, some junior members of his staff had been trying to tell him and his senior colleagues in management for years about the fraudulent actions of Joanne Harrison... Not only were those internal alerts apparently ignored. Some of the whistle blowers were allegedly punished by losing their jobs, as Harrison and her colleagues in management took revenge on them... More>>

Auditor-General's Statement: Standing Aside for Review of Appointment
Yesterday, I wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and requested an independent person review my suitability for the role of Controller and Auditor-General... More>>

 

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election