Industry calls on Government to keep election promise

Friday 31 Jan 2020

 
Chief executives from more than 50 forestry-wood processing companies in New Zealand have signed an open letter calling on the government to honour its commitment to implement its promised Wood Procurement policy for government buildings.

The NZ timber processing industry is disappointed the government is not implementing a promise to look at using wood for more government buildings, and has threatened to block-vote against it in the 2020 election.

Chief executives from more than 50 forestry-wood processing companies, representing more than 10,000 employees, have signed an open letter calling on the government to honour its commitment to the procurement policy for government buildings, which was consistent with its Zero Carbon goal.

Industry spokesman and Red Stag Group chief executive Marty Verry said the policy had the backing of NZ First and the Green Party and it was time for Labour to move on it. He understood it had been included in the additional material surrounding the coalition agreement between NZ First and Labour.

The Labour Party's 2017 election manifesto stated that if elected the government would require that "all government-funded project proposals for new buildings up to four storeys high shall require a build-in-wood option at the initial concept / request-for-proposals stage. Due to advances in engineering and wood processing technologies, we will increase the four storey requirement to 10 stories".

Just before the 2017 election, the Prime Minister visited Verry's Red Stag timber processing company in Rotorua where she announced plans to establish a new Forestry Service in the city.

Verry said the industry was now standing together to hold the government to account for not fulfilling its election commitment. More >>.



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