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

 


Feds Backs Coasters Fight Against Grandstanding

24 November 1999
PR128/99

FEDERATED FARMERS BACKS COASTERS FIGHT AGAINST POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING

Federated Farmers' West Coast members has joined with the Coast Action Network (CAN) to ask that political parties stop using the West Coast in order to appeal to urban Auckland voters.

Vice President Tom Lambie said that Federated Farmers and CAN were asking for politicians and political parties to "stop using the West Coast as a prop for political grandstanding".

"The West Coast signed the Accord and committed themselves to sustainable forestry. Coasters need to develop robust and durable industries, not have to rely on a handful of politician's promises about regional development, now and in to the future."

"Coasters should also be very wary of any Government's attempts to pick winning industries. Past history has shown governments are much better at picking losers."

"The West Coast communities rely on a unique mix of natural resources for the maintenance of their social and economic fabric. Politicians from other parts of the country fly in to make a statement about the West Coast's future, then leave for their own electorates and secure jobs."

"The tragedy is that the people of the West Coast are well advanced in developing sustainable land management systems that would put the rest of New Zealand to shame. Sustainable management there simply means harvesting one tree per hectare per year by helicopter extraction."

"Environmental ideals are costing Coasters' jobs and futures, as new businesses avoid the area, and established industries prepare for a decline."

"Businesses must be given every chance to develop the infrastructure needed to secure an environmentally sustainable future for the West Coast."

"Political grandstanding is only getting in the way of much-needed development," concluded Mr Lambie.

ENDS For further information: Tom Lambie 026-113-161 John Clayton 03-732-3843


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. 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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news