Tag: Forestry

Goodhew: Speech to ForestWood Conference 2016

Speech – New Zealand Government It is wonderful to see such excellent industry-wide attendance at this conference. The ForestWood conference is an important event for the forestry and wood processing sectors. During this address I would like to briefly outline some of my priorities …Jo Goodhew 29 MARCH, 2016 Speech to ForestWood Conference 2016 Government’s Priorities for the New Zealand Forestry Sector [Slide 1 – title slide] E āku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. Good morning. Thank you to (Dr) James (Buwalda) for the introduction, I am delighted to be here today. I would also like to thank the New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) for the invitation to present, as well as to the other conference organisers: • Woodco • Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) • Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA). I would also like to acknowledge the international speakers: • Russell Taylor • Doug McKalip • Annette Cotter • Ben Gunneberg • Adam Beaumont It is wonderful to see such excellent industry-wide attendance at this conference. The ForestWood conference is an important event for the forestry and wood processing sectors. During this address I would like to briefly outline some of my priorities in my capacity as the Associate Minister for Primary Industries with responsibility for forestry, and highlight how the Government is working to accelerate growth...

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Processed timber a big winner under TPP

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Todd McClay says forestry and tourism are just two of the big winners once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes into force.Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 23 February 2016 Processed timber a big winner under TPP Trade Minister Todd McClay says forestry and tourism are just two of the big winners once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes into force. Speaking at the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce today, Mr McClay said regional New Zealand will reap the benefits of TPP with economic growth and jobs. “New Zealand exported $1.5 billion in forestry products to TPP countries in 2015, 32 per cent of total forestry product exports. “Once TPP is fully implemented, all tariffs will be eliminated across the 12 Parties, saving the forestry sector $11 million every year in tariffs. “And that is mostly on value-added timber,” says Mr McClay. In Canada, all tariffs will disappear immediately once TPP enters into force. In the United States, 98 per cent of tariffs paid will be eliminated immediately and the remainder over 8 years, and in Vietnam, paper and paperboard products will become tariff free in four years or less – something not previously achieved in the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA). “Japan is New Zealand’s fourth-largest export market for forestry products. With TPP, almost 80 per cent of tariffs will be eliminated on entry...

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Wood processing a prime area of future potential

Speech – Rt Hon Winston Peters Thank you the opportunity to address this regional meeting of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association. Your Association represents a diverse group of enterprises in the wood sector that play an important role in the Northland economy …Rt Hon Winston Peters Member of Parliament for Northland New Zealand First Leader 8 OCTOBER 2015 New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters Speech to the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association Kingsgate Hotel 9 Riverside Drive, Whangarei 5pm, 8th October WOOD PROCESSING A PRIME AREA OF FUTURE POTENTIAL Thank you the opportunity to address this regional meeting of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association. Your Association represents a diverse group of enterprises in the wood sector that play an important role in the Northland economy as well as in New Zealand generally. Particular interest in your industry is warranted. Your association should be commended for the work it is doing – including this series of regional events – in promoting better understanding and appreciation of the contribution the wood processing industry is making, and can make in the future, to the New Zealand economy. The initiative that the Association has taken in engaging the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to conduct an independent analysis of the contribution of the wood products industry in each region is very...

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Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.ANDREW LITTLE Opposition Leader 1 August 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for grabs in these negotiations. There has to be some meaningful gains for us in this. “If we can’t restrict land or house sales to non-residential foreign buyers, or we end up paying more for life-saving drugs then we are selling ourselves down the river. “There has to be some bottom lines. New Zealand must be able to do what is in its own best interests. “There’s no doubt there’s been some tough talking from all sides, but it’s now up to the Government to stand its ground and ensure it gets the best deal for Kiwis. “It’s also time it came clean on what it has signed up to and allowed New Zealanders to become part of the next round of discussions,” says Andrew Little. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 1 August 2015 Media Statement Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal. “Good progress was made this week, but a number of challenging issues remain, including intellectual property and market access for dairy products”, Mr Groser said. “We will continue to work toward a successful conclusion. This is about getting the best possible deal for New Zealand, not a deal at any cost.” “I am confident that we will reach an agreement that is in the best interests of New Zealand when negotiations resume.” Negotiators will continue to work on the remaining issues in the coming weeks and ministers are planning to reconvene soon to finalise the agreement. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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