During Question Time yesterday, Metiria Turei exposed National’s plan to subsidise mineral exploration by foreign companies in the most important parts of our national parks.
John Key refused to confirm Turei’s information but couldn’t deny it. Clearly, the Nats had been planning to slip it through in the Budget unnoticed.
Metiria Turei: Can the Prime Minister confirm that his Government is planning a $4 million subsidy for the mining industry to survey Kahurangi National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, and Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island?
Hon JOHN KEY: I am not in a position to confirm that at this time
You’ve got to ask what’s in it for New Zealand? If these minerals are so valuable why do we need to offer a $4 million bribe so that foreign companies can come in and dig up our most precious natural environments?