Jo Goodhew needs to come up with new ideas to back local forestry companies, instead of siding with overseas forest owners who simply send unprocessed logs overseas, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Overseas companies are buying up forests and selling the logs directly offshore, cutting local sawmills out of the process, even though local sawmills are prepared to pay export-equivalent log prices. That’s not good enough. In Gisborne one sawmill can’t get guaranteed logs, despite being based on the doorstep of a large forest owned by an overseas consortium.
The Law and Order Select Committee inquiry into the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand is welcome but must be robust, timely and deliver solutions that ensure our police are protected, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“We need to know how widespread firearm possession is among criminals, and how criminals, including gangs, and those who do not have a licence get hold of guns.
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Police districts have underspent by over $24m in three years while the latest statistics show they are solving just 9.3 per cent of burglaries, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Police districts across the country haven’t spent their full budgets, despite non-resolution rates of crimes being unacceptably high. The worst are the three Auckland districts that have underspent by $14m, despite having the most burgled suburbs in the country with a resolution rate of only 7.2 per cent.
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.