Who Said That?

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, April 13th, 2010 - 9 comments
Categories: crosby textor, Politics - Tags: ,

Who suggested that the mining industry in New Zealand needed to be reinvigorated and should put more emphasis on marketing its fundamentally strong geological resource, telling the NZ Herald that gold mining prospects in New Zealand were at least as good as anywhere in the world, a fact that needed to be exploited?

Further to that, who was quoted stating the familiar theme:

There is a unique chance for New Zealand to grasp an opportunity…”

Was it John Key in 2001 – just months before entering politics – when he invested heavily in Australia’s Jackson Gold Ltd?  Or was it John Key in 2010 launching his policy to mine National Parks, Marine Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries?

No, it was a 1997 comment from none other than Robert Champion De Crespigny then Chairman of Normandy Mining the Australian founders of Waihi’s hole, the open cast Martha Mine, and now Chairman of John Key’s Australian spin doctors, Crosby Textor (See NZ Herald, 18 Nov 1997).

– by Reagan Smash

9 comments on “Who Said That?”

  1. Eric C. 1

    Well, that explains it then. No wonder National were so quick off the mark on mining. Its been planned for quite some time.

  2. Good find Reagan.

  3. neh,

    Politicians and industry never conspire. They work for the common good, didn’t you know?

  4. ianmac 4

    I sometimes wonder if the National policies are set up by John Key and the Ministers are left to run with them even if the research has not been done?
    Cycle track
    Whale plan
    National Standards
    Surely a country would not run effectively in such a manner?

    • prism 4.1

      Questions about how the country being run reminded me that I had meant to read the post National’s Magnificent Seven about the theory of needing only seven good men to run the country. Great analysis and discussion there from 8/4 extending to days after with a good number of people joining. Definitely don’t miss if you haven’t read it.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Can’t say that I’ve seen any evidence that National does any research anyway. They just stick to their blind ideology which already, as far as they’re concerned, has all the answers. This is why when research proves their ideology wrong, which it invariably does, they get all upset and try to discredit it.

  5. MS 5

    Great piece of research – now, the question is, will media even do anything with this? For two weekends now all the major weekend papers have had ZERO articles on the mining debate. What is going on with the Labour and Green media strategy on this???

    Nice work Regan – makes sens that there had to be an Australian involved somewhere. Is there any truth to the rumour John Key is third cousin to the Chappells?

  6. Smokie 6

    The whole Crosby/Textor relationship gets murkier and murkier….

  7. tc 7

    I wouldn’t call it a relationship more like a partnership where each knows what the others getting from the alliance…..we supply you with smoke and mirrors and you open up a mine or 3 for us.

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