Asset sales are really river sales
25 November 2011
If asset sales go ahead then we will lose control over our big rivers, according to Laurence Boomert, Wellington Central candidate for the New Economics Party.
“Not only is it bordering on treason to sell our precious assets, but there are rivers like the Waikato and the Waitaki involved too.
“There is a link between asset sales of our major generation companies and the risk of associated loss of public control of our rivers with that transaction. These are our sacred rivers, our taonga and are the source of much life. They are not a commodity to be bought and sold.”
“These publicly-owned energy companies have a very big influence on our hydro river catchments. On the Waitaki River, for example, Mighty River Power has legal claim over waters, they own big tracts of land, can have interests in irrigation supply networks and can secure "requiring authority" to purchase land that they need for their schemes.” Selling 49% of Meridian means selling 49% of the Waitaki River. We don’t want the water to be sold.
“We don't think that the majority of New Zealanders have made these crucial connections and therefore risk making under-informed decisions on Saturday’s election.”
For further comment phone Laurence Boomert 027 258 8807