Parliament

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

 

Cullen insulting to forestry industry

"Michael Cullen will never get a job as a lumber jack, because he doesn't know an unprocessed log from a processed one," Associate Minister of Forestry, David Carter said today.

"His comments in today's Dominion reveal his total ignorance of the forestry and woodworking industry," said Mr Carter.

MAF statistics showed the export of unprocessed logs from New Zealand had steadily declined over the last two years.

"In December 1997 we exported close to six million cubic metres of logs at a value of $679 million, in June this year we exported only 5.2 million cubic metres of logs at a value of $465 million."

"What Mr Cullen calls "unprocessed logs" includes specialist wooden frames for paintings, wooden jewellery boxes and wine casks and honey boxes."

"Calling this growth "commodity exporting at its most basic" is insulting to the manufacturers and craftspeople of these products. Mr Cullen obviously doesn't understand the difference between unprocessed and processed timber."

"New Zealand exporters are also steadily increasing the amount of sawn timber sent overseas, despite last year's Asian crisis. And we are getting higher prices for our timber. In December 1997 we earnt $378.62 per square metre for sawn timber. In June this year we earnt $429.45 for the same product."

"There has also been a steady increase in the export of fibreboard and plywood, two products increasingly in demand for building in Asia."

"New Zealand's forestry industry realises the importance of processing our timber onshore because it creates jobs and adds significant value to our timber exports."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

 
 

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Fuel And Leaks

Other topics included the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, the relation between the Government moves against high fuel prices and the commitment to act on climate change, NZTA's failures in compliance checks ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels