jambanja wrote: ↑Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:32 am
Ted. wrote: ↑Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:46 am
More grossly distorted market and rank self interest damaging NZ Inc.
IIRC, We've discussed log exports previously and I guess we will be talking about the same stupid, severe foot injury inducing shit in ten years time.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/125400 ... s-survival
This really is becoming a big issue
Do we go down the same track as countries such as Canada by limiting log exports to certain other countries? Is that even possible given that we sold off our publicly owned forests decades ago, it seems to our detriment.
Is NZ just a Chinese pawn, a minor plaything to help them over a temporary log shortage hump, to be cast aside once their won forests come on stream. It is interesting to note that we will have lost most of our own processing facilities once that happens, to be left scratching around for alternative export markets while the (currently) artificially high log prices tank.
We lack long term vision in this country. It seems our politicians become too easily captive to single interest groups. For example the, the so called "Heavy Engineering Research Association", a lobby group for concrete and steel producers, who want more of their product used and is therefore very happy that wood for construction is becoming unavailable, or that the cost of steel and concrete construction (for smaller projects) is higher than wood (though that is changing fast and wood is helping to inflate the cost of house construction).
Contrast that stance with what we need to do for climate change including carbon sequestration, lowering energy used in construction, etc, wood being a perfect material for that. Wood is also a perfect material for low to medium rise construction in earthquake prone NZ. I can understand why these people are lobbying, I just don't understand how they demand and get attention for their narrow, selfish views and squeal like stuck pigs when the facts are brought to the fore.
Finally, is this more proof, along with the distortions in the existing residential, house construction and electricity markets, that capitalism, as practised in New Zealand, is fundamentally fuc