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


Kiwis Need to Take Control of our Forest and Wood Products

Kiwis Need to Take Control of our Forest and Wood Products Industry

While log exports are booming at the demise of locally produced wood products, a forest industry leader calls for New Zealand to take control of our forest and wood products industry.

"New Zealanders have temporarily lost control of, and the ability to profit fully from, our very own forest industry," says John Stulen, Chief Executive of the Forest Industry Contractors Association.

"Most of our forests and to a large degree most of our building products companies are owned by Japanese and North American interests," says Mr Stulen.

Currently New Zealand is experiencing a boom in log exports, as logs are sent to China for processing. However New Zealand sawmills are closing down and kiwis are losing jobs.

"New Zealand is a great place for growing trees - but is that as good as it gets? Is that the best we can get after decades of research and development on our premier species - radiata pine?" Mr Stulen questions.

"Should we not be earning more and creating more jobs for New Zealand workers and companies from the resources our land nurtures for more than 26 years each cycle?" says Mr Stulen.

Carter Holt Harvey's privately held wood manufacturing businesses are likely to be up for sale soon. It should be attractive to buyers as international pulp and paper prices are on the rise and sawn timber prices will soon begin to rise as demand from leaky home repairs and earthquake rebuilding comes into its own.

Mr Stulen urges Iwi investment groups, and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to take a closer look at the investment opportunities with the forest and wood products industry.

Mr Stulen says, "Let's hope our local decision-makers for these and other forest-land-owning groups of investors look to the longer-term horizon as well as recognising the associated benefits of having more control of the future employment prospects for forestry's rural towns and communities."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... 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>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels