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

O’Connor may cross floor over windfall timber

There seems to be some disagreement in the Labour caucus over the plan to use windfall timber from the West Coast.

National claim to have the support of the Maori Party and United Future (and also NZ First although Peters seemed to contest that).

David Cunliffe started a typical yeah/nah stance yesterday – Playing politics with West Coast windfall trees

It now looks like Damien O;Connor will try to get some amendments but will cross the floor to vote for it anyway:

RadioLIVE Newsroom ‏@LIVENewsDesk

Labour’s Damien O’Connor will cross Parliament’s floor and vote in favour of native logging, if his party decides to vote against it.

This has sort of been confirmed by Moana Mackey:

Christian Hermansen ‏@chermansen__

@tauhenare @clarecurranmp Majority just increased anyway, Damien O’Connor will cross the floor

@MoanaMackey

@chermansen__ @tauhenare @clarecurranmp only at third reading if govt votes down all his very sensible amendments

Labour have manouvered themselves into a stupid position on this, all over a small proportion of blown over trees.

UPDATE:  Two Labour MPs support Government’s West Coast timber legislation 

Two Labour MPs will cross the floor to support the government’s legislation the enabling the harvesting of windblown timber on West Coast conservation land.

West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor, and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene, will support the bill, in their capacities as local MPs for the area.

The remaining Labour MPs will oppose the legislation, because it’s being rushed through parliament under urgency – with no public consultation.