Parliament

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

 

O'Connor undermines Clark on beech forest contract

West Coast Labour MP Damien O'Connor is undermining his own leader Helen Clark over beech logging contracts, the Green Party says.

Yesterday Helen Clark claimed Labour was surprised to learn that eight-year contracts had been signed for milling logs prior to Labour announcing its indigenous forest policy - that includes ending West Coast beech milling - on September 10. However, on 31 August, 10 days before Labour's policy announcement, Mr O'Connor was reported in the Grey Star urging that good long-term contracts for beech milling be put in place as soon as possible.

On 25 August, Mr O'Connor, also in the Grey Star, stated that "a Labour government would not necessarily halt sustainable logging of West Coast native beech forests".

This was in response to Timberlands chief executive David Hilliard claiming that a change of government later this year could squash its beech logging plans.

"I don't think so," Mr O'Connor said in the West Coast newspaper.

"O'Connor's been urging Timberlands to lock in long-term beech logging contracts from the day National gave the scheme the go-ahead," said Green MP Rod Donald.

"He has clearly done everything in his power to undermine his leader's stand on saving some of New Zealand's most precious lowland forest."

The Green Party urges Labour to cancel these beech contracts and also the rimu contracts which were pushed through prior to Labour's policy announcement.

"Just because Helen Clark admitted on Morning Report this morning that Labour knew about the rimu contracts before their policy announcement doesn't make them any more tolerable.

"In the meantime Clark should call O'Connor to account or admit that Labour has two forest policies - one for West Coasters and one for Green voters throughout the rest of the country."


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Local Responses To The Global Problems Of Inflation


In the United Kingdom, inflation is running at its highest rate in 30 years. In the US, inflation hit 7% during 2021. You wouldn’t want to be in Estonia, where inflation has just hit 12%. Across the Eurozone – the measurement methods vary – inflation is averaging out at 5%. In Canada, inflation is running at its highest level in 30 years. Inflation is not simply a problem afflicting developed countries. In a developing country like Brazil inflation is running at its highest level in seven years...
More>>



 
 

Government: Building And Shaping A City: Future-proofing Auckland Transport Infrastructure
The Government is bringing Auckland’s transport infrastructure into the future by moving forward with an additional Waitematā Harbour crossing, progressing light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport, and creating a linked-up rapid transport network as part of a 30-year plan... More>>

The Treasury: Financial Statements Of The Government Of NZ For The 5 Months Ended 30 November 2021
Interim Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 5 months ended 30 November 2021... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>



Ministry Of Transport: Have Your Say On The Future Of Road User Charges
Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport is inviting New Zealanders to submit their views on improving the Road User Charges system, says Secretary for Transport, Peter Mersi... More>>


TradeMe: New Zealand Rents Climb $40 Per Week In One Year

New Zealand’s national median rent climbed $40 a week in 2021 to reach $560 in December, according to Trade Me’s latest Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national median weekly rent showed an 8 per cent annual increase... More>>


Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels