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


Kick start to forestry sector welcomed

Kick start to forestry sector welcomed

WWF welcomed the announcement today of Labour’s plan for developing New Zealand’s forestry industry.

“A thriving forestry sector is crucial to developing a cleaner, greener New Zealand economy. This policy package will benefit both the environment and the economy, said WWF-New Zealand Head of Campaigns Peter Hardstaff.

The Labour Party’s policy package, seeking an ‘economic upgrade’ for the forestry sector, includes tax incentives for new investment in processing and for research and development; an improved emissions trading scheme; a pro-wood government procurement policy as well as measures to improve health and safety in the industry.

“Kick starting the wood products industry is an important part of enhancing both the green building sector and the future potential of the bio-fuel sector.

“A clean energy future for New Zealand is 100% possible and this package is the type of policy change we need to move us in that direction.

“Unfortunately the current government has no coherent approach for moving us to a cleaner economy or for addressing climate change. It is currently moving us in the wrong direction with its petroleum action plan and its subsidies for fossil fuel extraction.

“It is good to see some alternatives to supporting the fossil fuel industry being put forward.

“The forestry industry has had a difficult time of late with the changing price signals under the Emissions Trading Scheme. It is good to see a proposal that will further develop this important industry and the people that work in it.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news