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


Labour Must State Position On West Coast Beech

Labour Must State Position On West Coast Beech Scheme

Tuesday 29th Jun 1999

Ken Shirley

Media Release -- Other

ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley has called on the Labour Party to stop playing 'cat and mouse' with West Coast voters and to state their position on the West Coast beech scheme unequivocally.

"All political parties except Labour have now clearly stated their position. For West Coast voters this must be the most defining issue in the forthcoming General Election. The future of the Coast development and job creation is symbolised by this issue.

"On the one hand we have Labour's Conservation spokesperson Jill Pettis, supported by Party Leader Helen Clark, telling the AGM of Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society that a Labour Government would not permit any harvest of native timber on Crown owned land.

"On the other hand Labour's Forestry spokesperson and Tasman West Coast MP Damien O'Connor attempts to placate "Coasters" with bland assurances of support for the Timberlands proposal and West Coast development generally.

"Timberlands West Coast beech scheme is a good proposal. It is one of the best examples globally of truly ecologically based sustainable management of a forest and if this scheme is not permitted no other proposal for sustainable harvest would be possible.

"Successive governments have betrayed the West Coast by changing the rules. Timberlands beech scheme is in full compliance with the West Coast Accord signed between conservation groups and Government in 1987 and must be permitted to proceed," said Hon Ken Shirley.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news