Opposition to Forests Amendment Bill picks up

Friday 12 Jun 2020

This week saw a flurry of activity from a wide cross section of the NZ forestry industry against the Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisors) Amendment Bill as currently drafted. The Select Committee have yet to report back to Parliament, so the industry is still in phase one of the campaign. Individual MPs can be encouraged to make a difference.

1. Attached is a supplementary submission to the Environment Committee hearing pointing to potential breaches of the GATT/WTO obligations New Zealand has which may occur as a result of the Bill being enacted. This was prepared on behalf of New Forests by Russell McVeigh.

2. An advertisement, an Open Letter to the PM and David Parker, ran on Thursday in major dailys across the country; the NZ Herald and other NZME papers, and Dominion Post. As you see from the logos at the bottom of the advertisement, support has been secured from a broad cross-section of the primary sector and beyond to oppose this Bill.

3. And, we've got a new grouping, The NZ Forestry Collective, that's also swung into action using Facebook to voice their opposition to the proposed Bill. It comprises a group of passionate forestry industry members, made up of farm foresters, woodlot owners, large forest owners, leading contractors, New Zealand Institute of Forestry members and around 30,000 small Mum & Dad investors. You can check out and put your own weight behind this new initiative by clicking here

4. Another couple of links also worth checking out are; www.facebook.com/ForestCallNZ and an affiliated campaign page, www.dontripupourroots.com

Source: Forest Owners Association

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