Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Govt Urged To Ignore Anti-Conservation Ministers

Native Forest Action
Media Release
14 May 2000


Native Forest Action has urged the Government to pull state loggers out of the Okarito and Saltwater Forests in South Westland when it makes its decision on West Coast rimu forests tomorrow. It says every extra month of logging in these national park-standard forests robs the country's natural heritage.

Spokesperson Dean Baigent-Mercer said that the group was concerned that the Government's native forest conservation policy was being driven by Ministers who were unsympathetic to protecting the forests.

"We don't understand why Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton, after offering $120 million of public money to Coasters to ensure protection of these forests, are now pushing the government in an anti-conservation direction."

"It will be very sad if some of Okarito and Saltwater are sacrificed for timber production because Ministers have yielded to industry lobbying."

"Overall we are pleased that the West Coast forests are going to be protected but if they are worth protecting then it is worth stopping the logging now. We of course would not want to see people lose their jobs, but we believe there are already alternative timber supplies that do not necessitate logging thousands more trees from high value forests."

"Okarito and Saltwater are the best of Timberlands forests. A 1997 officials report prepared for then Prime Minister Jim Bolger identified Okarito and Saltwater as the most likely forests to qualify for protection in any review of Timberlands forests. We urge Labour and the Alliance to pull the logging gangs out of these forests immediately."

For more information contact: Dean Baigent-Mercer 04-383-5168

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels