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

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news