I could hardly believe my ears when I heard
on RNZ this morning. Pita Sharples admitted that the Maori Party knew supporting National’s ETS would mean worse environmental outcomes and would cost the country $110 billion in subsidies for polluters but they did it anyway to keep the price of fuel a bit lower.
Sharples claimed that was to help poor Maori. Bollocks. Under National’s ETS the increase in petrol prices will only be a few cents a litre less. That’s barely noticeable to a family. Say your family uses 50 litres a week (enough to drive 500km in an average car) even a 3 cent rise only costs $1.50 a week. No. The people for whom fuel prices really matter are companies that use heaps of it – like the iwi-owned fishing and forestry companies . The Maori Party put the interests of the iwi-owned polluters ahead of the people and the environment.
Sharples admitted his party had sold future generations down the river: “In the long term it’s going to cost New Zealand a lot of money but, in the short term, which is what we need now, we went for that [lower fuel costs].”
I’m sorry, but how can that possibly fit with Maoritanga, the Maori Party’s kaupapa or any sensible code of ethics? Sharples’ attitude is ‘let’s make profit now and leave it for the mokopuna to suffer the price of our avarice’.
The Maori Party as it stands now, led by Turia and Sharples, is beyond redemption. They have sold out everything they stood for and abandoned the people they claim to represent, all so they can have the perks of office and shovel taxpayer money at the iwi corporate elite. Despicable.