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

 


Government Sells Out Again on Native Forests

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is calling on the Government to keep in public ownership three native forest areas on the Mamaku plateau, near Rotorua. The forests belong to the Crown-owned Forest Research Institute which is abandoning research into native forest species and wants to sell the forests for cash to balance its budget.

Forest and Bird spokesperson Linda Conning said that the Government should show its commitment to native forests and indigenous biodiversity and transfer the land to the Department of Conservation.

"For the Government to sell Crown-owned native forest, declared by its own Department to be important for flora and fauna, is hypocritical when they say they want to protect our dwindling biodiversity. It sets a bad precedent - will it next be DoC having to sell off conservation land to balance its budget?" Forest and Bird claim that the community will lose an important slice of scientific history and a valuable area of natural heritage if the Government puts money before principle. The land is close to Rotorua and on the main road to Hamilton, making it easy to get to and ideal for education.

When crown estates were allocated in 1987 the forests would have gone to DoC had not Forest Research wanted them for research. Now the research and trials have stopped, the forests should remain in public ownership under the management of the Department of Conservation, which will also protect the potential for future research. For instance, one forest has the most dense stands of rimu and totara regeneration ever studied, a research opportunity that should not be lost.

All the blocks are important to conservation and valuable as wildlife habitats. One has a 25 ha wetland, regionally rare plant species and some unusual vegetation associations.

"The Government is using the flimsy excuse of inter-department book balancing to sell these forests," says Ms conning. "It should show real commitment to its own Biodiversity Strategy by keeping these forests and protecting the wildlife they support."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news