Labour MPs lukewarm support of forest/wood policy

Labour’s promotion of it’s forest/wood policy yesterday was mixed from the party and David Cunliffe – see Labour’s forest/wood policy on social media.

How well was it supported by Labour’s caucus? Some did their bit but most didn’t join the promotion. Overall the caucus support was underwhelming.

Deputy leader David Parker doesn’t operate his Twitter account and doesn’t seem to be on Facebook.

Grant Robertson supported the policy on Facebook…

Great announcement from David today. Forestry and the wood sector is a great example of how Labour’s economic approach will differ from National. We want to get alongside the sector and ensure that we don’t just export logs, but add value here in New Zealand and create secure, sustainable jobs.

…and on Twitter…

@grantrobertson1 

Labour will support move from volume to value to create sustainable jobs with decent wages- starting with forestry https://www.labour.org.nz/economic-upgrade/forestry-and-wood-products …

…but gave more attention to his ongoing attacks against Judith Collins.

Annette King is only an occasional user of Facebook. She tweeted three times yesterday but they were unrelated niggles.

Shane Jones was quiet on it apart from a re-tweet a backbencher MP:

@RinoTirikatene 

@NewstalkZB I went along to tautoko @DavidCunliffeMP and @matuashane . It’s a sound policy. Tax breaks, techno innovation, more logs #nzpol

That suggests Jones attended the event. Whether under orders or not staying quiet may have been wise for him.

Jacinda Ardern was quiet on Facebook yesterday. She tweeted several times but on unrelated things.

Clayton Cosgrove rarely uses Facebook, the last time in June last year, and while he has a Twitter account he has never tweeted.

Chris Hipkins was on Facebook…

I’m sick of seeing raw logs shipped off overseas when we should be putting Kiwis into work. David Cunliffe has announced an excellent package of measures that will boost our timber industry and create local jobs. We won’t get rich as a country by constantly increasing the volume of raw products we export. We need to add value to them first.

…and on Twitter he retweeted Cunliffe’s promotion and followed up with two tweets with links to the policy:

@chrishipkins

I’m sick of seeing raw logs shipped off overseas when we could put Kiwis to work here at home. Labour will fix that.

Forestry is a great example of the opportunity NZ industries have to move from volume to value.

Nanaia Mahuta hardly uses Facebook. She was active on Twitter yesterday but on other matters.

Sue Moroney posted National attacks on Facebook on Tuesday but was inactive yesterday. She tweeted once and retweeted once yesterday but nothing related to the policy launch.

Phil Twyford was active politically on Facebook on Tuesday but only changed his profile pic yesterday. He was also active on Twitter on Tuesday but not yesterday. This silence is curious – Twyford is spokesperson for Housing which must have some interest in the timber industry.

Maryan Street is inactive on her Facebook page and hasn’t tweeted since last week.

David Shearer is inactive on Facebook and barely active on Twitter.

Su’a William Sio was active on Facebook on unrelated topics. He doesn’t seem to be on Twitter.

Phil Goff is inactive on Facebook and doesn’t seem to have a Twitter account.

Louisa Wall is inactive on Facebook and doesn’t seem to have a Twitter account.

Andrew Little posted a parliamentary speech of his on Facebook. His two tweets were unrelated to the policy launch. He is spokesperson for Labour but was quite on a policy promoting “Better jobs. Higher wages”.

Moana Mackey was quiet as usual on Facebook and her only tweets yesterday were digs at Bill English and John Key.

Damian O’Connor doesn’t seem to be on Facebook or Twitter.

David Clark linked to the policy on Facebook, saying…

Great announcement. Otago saw-millers can look forward to a more promising future and higher-value jobs for the region.

He also retweeted and tweeted:

Labour’s Forestry policy announcement great news for the regions @nzlabour @matuashane

MT “@NZStuff: Labour: good for the regions; good for Otago

@keith_ng something about square pegs in round holes? #WoodFirst

English can’t see the wood for the trees #nzqt #WoodFirst

He’s the only person to use the #WoodFirst hashtag.

Iain Lees-Galloway has sometimes promoted Labour on Facebook but not yesterday. Two unrelated tweets.

Kris Faafoi posted something unrelated on Facebook but hasn’t tweeted since last week. He has a media background and is Spokesperson for Broadcasting and Associate Spokesperson for Communications and IT, but doesn’t seem to practice what he is supposed to preach.

Carol Beaumont hasn’t posted to Facebook since last week. She tweeted once yesterday but only on home ownership.

Megan Woods doesn’t seem to be on Twitter but linked to the policy from Facebook and said:

Innovation critical to making this happen.

Darien Fenton was active in Facebook but on unrelated political matters. She retweeted the Labour announcement of the forestry policy.

Ross Robertson is inactive on Facebook and doesn’t seem to be on Twitter.

Trevor Mallard posted something unrelated on Facebook. He was active on Twitter but nothing related to the policy.

Ruth Dyson had two unrelated tweets but posted a link to the policy on Facebook and said:

New Zealand keeps exporting raw logs instead of creating value-added exports which create jobs and better living standards for everyone.

Labour’s investment, innovation and industry approach to the Forestry and Wood Products sector will make a real difference in upgrading the whole country’s economy.

Clare Curran hasn’t posted to Facebook since Monday. She retweeted Cunliffes link to his speech.

Rajen Prasad had two unrelated posts on both Facebook and Twitter.

Raymond Huo hasn’t posted to Facebook or Twitter since last week.

Rino Tirikatene hardly uses Facebook. He tweeted:

@RinoTirikatene

@NewstalkZB I went along to tautoko @DavidCunliffeMP and @matuashane . It’s a sound policy. Tax breaks, techno innovation, more logs #nzpol

Meka Whaitiri rarely uses Twitter but posted a link to the policy on Facebook and said:

Labour’s Economic Upgrade policy focussing on Forestry and Wood Products will create real sustainable jobs in Ikaroa Rawhiti.

Poto Williams is not active on her Facebook page and was inactive on Twitter yesterday.

While there was some support of the policy launch from Labour MPs most did not promote it. This was not a team effort and overall was lukewarm and underwhelming.

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