The Government needs to crack down on foreign companies that are buying up forests and selling logs overseas, leaving local sawmills short on supply, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash.
“There’s no point in shipping logs overseas for processing when there’s local sawmills that can do the job. These businesses have invested in their mills for the long term, creating good local jobs, and should be assured of supply.
The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“At select committee today the Police Commissioner said he believed the police are sufficiently resourced. He clearly isn’t listening to the public or his force.
Pure 100’s appeal of the Overseas Investment Office’s Lochinver decision shows the Office’s rules need to be tightened and toughened up immediately, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.
“At the moment you could drive a truck through the legal loopholes in the OIO. The law is vague and gives the minister so much leeway, decisions are ripe for appeal.
The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) hasn’t received an increase in funding or staff for four years - causing long delays for sellers and buyers and tarnishing New Zealand’s good name as a place to invest, says Labour’s Land Information spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Answers to written questions show that in the 2011/2012 financial year the OIO received less than $3m – exactly the same as the 2014/2015 financial year.
The Overseas Investment Office must take a hard line over the possible controlling stake in Silver Fern Farms by a Chinese company, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.
“While this isn’t a direct farm sale, Silver Ferns Farms is a major player in our biggest industry. If control of the company goes offshore it may impact on New Zealand’s farming industry ability to act in our wider export interests.
It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash.
"Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins jumped to around 40c per litre, prompting the Minister of Energy to write to petrol importers expressing his concerns. The margin is now 38.5c per litre, despite the fall in the retail price.
The Overseas Investment Office has approved more than 290 consents from foreign investors to buy sensitive land in New Zealand, but has not turned down a single application says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash
“The Minister of Land information, Louise Upston, confirmed during question time today that since 2008 the Overseas Investment Office has become ‘an overworked rubber stamping bureaucracy’ that simply did what it was told by the government without any regard to what is good for New Zealand.