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

 

Maritime Union Calls For Government Review Of Marsden Point Closure

The Maritime Union says the closure of Marsden Point refinery is sending New Zealand on a high risk track at a bad time.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the closure is a giant step backwards for New Zealand’s energy security.

The announcement by Refining NZ that the refinery will be replaced by a terminal for imported fuel is a major shift in New Zealand’s fuel arrangements, he says.

He says Refining NZ CEO Naomi James needs to provide an iron clad guarantee that fuel supply to New Zealand will not be endangered.

Mr Harrison says the implications for fuel security around New Zealand are very serious, especially for regional economies and the primary sector.

He says outside Auckland, fuel is currently shipped from Marsden Point to ports using New Zealand flagged and crewed vessels, whose future could be in jeopardy, with future supplies possibly delivered to ports by international vessels.

He says the great lesson of the last year has been that relying on international shipping and supply chains is no longer a safe option, especially for small remote markets like New Zealand.

“Just ask any one in any provincial port around New Zealand what the reliability of international shipping services has been in the last year – it has been complete chaos.”

Mr Harrison says there are multiple downsides to the closure decision, including the loss of employment and the loss of essential skills as the workforce moves on.

“We need to be looking at the big picture for New Zealand, not what is most profitable for a privately owned corporation.”

Mr Harrison says the fact that Energy Minister Megan Woods took a paper to Cabinet with a proposal for securing the future of the refinery was a clear indication that closure was a risky strategy.

He says the Government was giving too much credence to the word of a private corporation with its own agenda and interests.

Energy security and supply chain security were now big global issues and the Government should review the decision and work to keep the refinery in operation, says Mr Harrison.

He says the continued existence of the refinery would provide essential security for fuel, as crude oil for refining was obtainable for multiple sources, and would also maintain an important domestic skill base and supply network.
 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Traffic Light Levels Announced


The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda


Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite have the numbers, so his people start talking to the media to make him seem like the smart bet. Or even perhaps: Luxon hasn't got the numbers, and his people start talking to the media to talk up his support so that he gets a nicer consolation prize... More>>




 
 


Government: New Law Will Clear The Air For Tamariki In Vehicles
From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said... More>>



Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>


RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>



AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>

National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels