NZIF concurs with the message from the Ministers stating over the 25 years of the Resource Management Act 1991 Councils have significantly reduced pollution from consented discharges (e.g. factories, sewerage works and forestry operations etc.) but council’s regulatory systems “has not worked in dealing with the more difficult problem of diffuse pollution … including nutrients, pathogens and sediments from intensive farming….”.
New technologies affect forest management and
wood processing as much as in other industries. The current issue touches
briefly on the subject including: forest processors with on-board computers and
global navigation systems; the future of robotics; the deployment of high-resolution
remotely sensed data; and the utility of the Internet of Things. Additional
papers cover a survey of recent forest purchase transactions, the profitability
of growing Eucalyptus nitens and the variability in the JAS/tonnes ratio as it
affects the $ value received from a sale.
NZIF President James Treadwell says “the three reports out this week from Pure Advantage, the Morgan Foundation and the Royal Society highlight the total lack of real effective action from this country to reducing greenhouse gases”
NZIF is supportive of those parts of the Bill which aim to reduce duplication, including the use of National Planning Templates and the power to use regulations to remove areas of overlap, for example where local authorities re-consider matters which have already been deliberated by a central government and expert bodies.