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

 

Coast Offer - ‘A gob-stopper for suckers’

“ ‘A gob-stopper for suckers’ seems to be Government’s attitude to West Coasters “, was the reaction of Brian Swale, discussing the government one-off $100 million grant in lieu of continuing the Timberlands beech forest management plans.

Mr Swale is a member of a pro-sustainable forestry e- mail group.

Beech log production is worth $30+ million annually up to the sawmill door stage. $100 million (pro-rata) lasts until next election.

“In reality, the grant needs to be $300 - $500 million to equal the return from sustainable beech forestry”, said Mr Swale

“The most damning aspect of the compensation package is the fact that the Government could not identify any development options available in the West Coast. As a result the Government has seriously confused injecting money into the region, with actually embarking on wealth-creating enterprises.” commented Dr Brendan Moyle of Massey University.

Chris Perley, consultant, said that West Coast leaders should calculate the amount of the total opportunity cost to the ‘Coast, forgone with the beech proposals denied. They should calculate the TOTAL economic, social and environmental opportunity the beech proposal would have provided right down the product chain to marketing the final product.

Gerry McSweeney, tourism executive, on National Radio, proclaimed the virtues of an increasing tourist harvest, versus commodity trading which he claimed was a losing path. He failed to observe that increasing fuel costs would reduce tourism, tourist seasonality reduced incomes, and that tourists enjoyably visit managed forests.

“Expert scrutiny reveals that the Timberlands’ advanced techniques for ecologically-sensitive, perpetually sustainable, conservation-enhancing and profitable forest management are world-leading.” concluded Mr Swale

Brian Swale may be contacted at e-mail bj@caverock.net.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels