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

 


Direction To Timberlands' Pleases Conservationists

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday 13 December 1999

DIRECTION TO TIMBERLANDS' PLEASES CONSERVATIONISTS

Conservationists have applauded the Government's direction to Timberlands West Coast Ltd to exclude beech logging from its business and withdraw its applications for resource consents for the beech scheme.

"This Christmas conservationists can celebrate the fact that the 25 year campaign to protect the magnificent beech forests and wildlife of North Westland, the Grey Valley and Buller is close to success," Forest and Bird field officer, Eugenie Sage said.

"Forest and Bird is delighted that the Government directive includes halting Timberlands' commercial scale "trial" beech logging in the splendid red and silver beech forests of the Maruia Valley.

"The Maruia logging, the equivalent of "scientific whaling" is occurring without resource consents in some of the most ecologically important of the forests Timberlands is currently responsible for," Ms Sage said.

"A Department of Conservation report describes the 13,000 ha Maruia forests as being "excellent quality, intact lowland and upland red and silver beech forest..." with "outstanding wildlife habitat values" because of the number and diversity of native bird species which the forests support. These include good populations of species threatened with extinction such as kaka, kakariki (parakeet), kereru (wood pigeon), South Island robin, morepork and the native long tailed bat.

"Proceeding with the resource consent hearings would have been a waste of time and resources," Ms Sage said.

"The timing of the consent applications and the hearings was always political, with Timberlands' wanting to attempt to push through the beech scheme as quickly as possible and to tie the hands of the incoming Government," Ms Sage said.

"If the hearing had continued and the Buller and Tasman District Councils had granted the consents it is likely that a number of parties would have appealed the decision to the Environment Court."

"Timberlands may have spent $150,000 on preparing for the hearing but its bulky application document and fancy web site could not disguise the many inconsistencies and information gaps in the application, nor the fact that beech scheme is not sustainable."

"Large, old trees above 70 cm in diameter are critically important for hole nesting and roosting species such as kaka, parakeets and native bats. The felling of so many of these bigger trees, as Timberlands propose, would substantially reduce the beech forests' wildlife habitat values and healthy functioning, and change natural forests into beech plantations."

ends

For further information please phone Eugenie Sage ph 03 3666 317 (wk) or 03 3371251 (home).


© 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