A new lobby group, the “Costal Coalition”, crawled out from under a rock today. Above is their first billboard, one of several planned for a Wellington and Auckland based campaign. The billboard itself is the work of one John Ansell, of Iwi/Kiwi infamy. I’m with The Greens on this one:
Beach campaign ‘disgraceful scaremongering’
… Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the billboards were divisive, dishonest and not helpful for resolving the foreshore and seabed issue.
“John Ansell’s bill boards are designed to scare instead of educate,” Turei said. “This attempt to re-run the divisive and dishonest campaign from 2005 is sad. New Zealanders have moved on. “Scaremongering like this is disgraceful. It inflames and creates division between communities as well as utterly distorting the truth.”
It is understood the Coastal Coalition group behind the billboards includes many ACT Party members and even some disgruntled National Party supporters. Ansell said the campaign was a response to “John Key very sneakily trying to hand the coast over to iwi in exchange for Maori Party votes”. ….
The Coastal Coalition is going to do nothing but damage to our country and we’d be better off without them. That said, however, I will also confess to a certain amount of guilty pleasure at watching National attacked by a hysterical right wing lobby group. Given their history they have no grounds at all to complain. Do they.
Oh and DPF? That applies to you too, tenfold. Doesn’t it.