Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Labour Two-Faced Over Timberlands?

Labour is still telling two stories about logging native forests on the West Coast, Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald said today.

"Labour's Epsom candidate, David Jacobs, has been telling Aucklanders that under Labour logging will stop, but on the West Coast local Labour MP Damien O'Connor is telling everyone that Labour will back logging through to 2007," Mr Donald said.

"Jacobs describes the same extra 24,000 rimu trees which O'Connor wants to see chopped down as 'our Crown jewels'. He goes on to say that with Labour's new policy 'we will be able to promote our clean, green identity with pride rather than duplicity'.

"But by telling Coasters one thing and Aucklanders something completely different, Labour is engaging in the very duplicity Jacobs claims has ended," Mr Donald said.

"It is now clear that when Labour announced its indigenous forest policy, they knew long-term contracts had been signed which would mean our last remaining lowland podocarp forests would continue to be logged, if they stuck to their position that existing logging contracts would be honoured. The Green Party is now calling on Labour to end the logging immediately after the election.

"If Labour refuses to stop the logging before 2007, they will lose the confidence of the green movement who now feel let down after applauding Labour's forest policy when it was first announced."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels