How will forestry fare af­ter the elec­tion?

New Zealand Logger - - Dana Forestry Conference -

FORESTRY COULD BE IN FOR SOME in­ter­est­ing times if there is a change of gov­ern­ment this month.

Politi­cians from the main par­ties gave their views on the sec­tor at the 2017 DANA Forestry Con­fer­ence in Ro­torua last month and one of the talk­ing points was Labour’s pro­posal to carve a ‘new’ For­est Ser­vice out of the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and shift its head­quar­ters from Welling­ton to Ro­torua.

The party’s forestry spokesper­son, Stu­art Nash, says it would give forestry a big­ger voice in gov­ern­ment, along with a strat­egy writ­ten for the sec­tor. He also backs a ‘wood first’ pol­icy for gov­ern­ment build­ings.

New Zealand First’s Fletcher Tabutea sup­ports the cre­ation of the Ro­torua-based new For­est Ser­vice, as well as the ‘wood first’ pol­icy.

The Green Party’s Eu­gene Sage is a ‘wood first’ fan, too and agrees with the need for a na­tional strat­egy for forestry, with an em­pha­sis on plant­ing more trees.

Ge­off Si­mons, deputy leader of Gareth Mor­gan’s Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party, wants a cap­i­tal gains tax that will ad­van­tage forestry by re­duc­ing high land prices, as well as a much higher price for car­bon.

Ro­torua’s Na­tional MP, Todd McClay, who is also the cur­rent Trade Min­is­ter, has promised to fo­cus on non-trade bar­ri­ers that make ex­port­ing tim­ber and fin­ished wood prod­ucts hard for pro­ces­sors.


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