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

 

Govt In Disarray Over Southland Logging

the Ecologic Foundation

Govt In Disarray Over Southland Logging, Says Ecologic Foundation

The Government appears to be in disarray over how to stop the unsustainable logging of Maori-owned native forests in Southland, the Ecologic Foundation said today.

The large-scale clearance of the virgin native forests has been continuing throughout the year and, in June, Ecologic revealed that some of the timber was being sold for firewood in the South Island.

Now, it is expected there will be an increase in logging of the forests, as a series of one-year logging moratoriums that covered 40% of the land begin to expire from October.

"Resolution of this issue is all about being fair to Maori and being environmentally responsible," said Ecologic's executive director, Guy Salmon. "If the Government cannot deliver on that, it will have a serious credibility problem."

He said the Government must come up with a settlement offer that would compensate the Maori land-owners for the potential value of these forests, in recognition that the land had been given as compensation in the first place.

The Government has already set a precedent for compensation, through the $120 million spent on closing down Timberlands' sustainable logging schemes earlier this year.

"The Government is between a rock and a hard place," said Mr Salmon. "It has blown much of its native forest budget on a less-significant issue, yet is now under increased pressure to achieve a fair resolution to this problem."

He said it was unlikely the Government's Maori caucus would accept any settlement that did not provide adequate compensation to land-owners.

For more information, please contact acting President of the Ecologic Foundation,
Lindie Nelson, at 03-548 8778.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election