West Coast Wind-blown Timber Bill votes

The West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill was held under urgency in Parliament yesterday. There were some interesting votes through the stages of the bill and on amendments.

The first vote was:

Ayes 72 – National 59, Labour 2, NZ First 7, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1
(initially recorded as 73 in favour but later corrected)

Noes 46 – Labour 32, Greens 13,Mana 1

The vote was notable for the fact that two Labour MPs, Damien O’Connor and Rino Tirikatene, crossed the floor and voted with the Government.

NZ First voted for the bill but said they wouldn’t continuing supporting it unless significant changes were made.

One Green MP didn’t vote.

Second reading vote:

Ayes 63 – National 59, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Noes 51 – Labour 33, Greens 10, NZ First 7, Mana 1

Either O’Connor or Tirikatene switched to No and the other abstained. NZ First switched to No. Four Green MPs didn’t vote.

Damien O’Connor (Labour) amendment SOP 476:

Ayes 41 – Labour 33, NZ First 7, Brendon Horan 1

Noes 62 – National 59, Maori Party 2, United Future 1

Abstained 11 – Greens 10, Mana 1

Moana Mackey (Labour) amendment SOP 475 (2 votes)

Ayes 44 – Labour 33, Greens 10, Mana 1

Noes 70 – National 59, NZ First 7, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Eugenie Sage (Green) amendment SOP 474 (3 votes)

Ayes 51 – Labour 33, Greens 10, NZ First 7, Mana 1

Noes 63 – National 59, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Part 2 vote:

Ayes 65 – National 59, Labour 2, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Noes 49 – Labour 31, Greens 10, NZ First 7, Mana 1

O’Connor and Tirikatene voting for the bill again with another Labour MP abstaining.

Vote on the schedule, Moana Mackey amendment SOP 475

Ayes 44 – Labour 33, Greens 10, Mana 1

Noes 70 – National 59, NZ First 7, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Third reading (final) vote:

Ayes 65 – National 59, Labour 2, Maori Party 2, United Future 1, Brendon Horan 1

Noes 51 – Labour 32, Greens 11, NZ First 7, Mana 1

In the final vote O’Connor and Tirikatene (presumably) crossed the floor to vote with the Government. Three Green MPs didn’t vote.

Draft transcript of the debates

Video of debates

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  1. Whilst I think that some economic gains can be made from this ‘wind fall’.. I too watched this bill rammed through under urgency & make the following points :

    1) No guarantees were made in the bill that the work priorities would go to west coast. Some of the SOPs tries to make amendments, but the Govt. voted them all down.
    2) There was no guarantees that only fallen wood would be removed & that the environmental impact would not suffer further. They talked about using helicopters to remove the wood, but again not guaranteed.
    3) The bill gave approval, that the raw logs could well be exported & not processed in NZ. Again the opposition questioned this, but were ignored.
    4) The bill made it sound like there could be further amendments to the Resource Mgmt. act to allow further logging in national parks. Again not confirmed or denied by the Govt.

    To me it sounds like the Tory agenda is hard at work: 1) Money, 2) Money 3) Money 4) environmental concerns

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