National you are LYING about the valuation of mineral wealth, LYING about the return from mining and LYING about mining Great Barrier
Magazine joins clean, green NZ bashers
Critics say international ridicule of New Zealand's "100% Pure" brand has come home to roost with another scathing article in an influential international magazine. The publication of the article in the London-based Economist yesterday came as the Government was embarrassed by evidence that official figures touting the economic benefits of mining were too high. The article is headed: "A backlash to New Zealand's vow of purity." The magazine, with a global readership the size of New Zealand's population, says it is time for the country to find itself a more sustainable brand – "and soon". "The dilemma New Zealand faces is no different to that of other rich countries – how to balance economic growth with the need to address environmental degradation. "But it is particularly acute in a country so dependent on the export of commodities and landscape-driven tourism. The difference between New Zealand and other places is that New Zealand has actively sold itself as `100% Pure'." British newspaper The Guardian said in November that the clean green Kiwi brand amounted to a "shameless two fingers to the global community" in the face of a dirtier reality. In September, The New York Times ran a front-page story questioning the sustainability of the hoki fishery in New Zealand. It has also been revealed that a 1.3 million-strong American lobby group, the Sierra Club, wrote to Prime Minister John Key protesting against the mining proposals.
The mainstream media honeymoon is well and truly over with real scrutiny now on National's obvious lies over mining, (congratulations to Gordon Campbell for breaking this story on line at Scoop.co.nz) with TVNZ last night attacking National over the bullshit valuation of minerals which we now know have thrown together by a Mining lobbyist...
Brownlee overvalued Great Barrier claims
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee has been forced to admit that the government has overstated the potential value of minerals on Great Barrier Island. ONE News discovered the true value is less than third of the billions Brownlee has been claiming, could be mined from the Hauraki Gulf island. The government has claimed that there is up to $4.3 billion worth of gold, silver and other minerals, waiting to be mined. But a report from Richard Barker, the geologist Brownlee's officials used to assess Great Barrier minerals resources, put the island's mineral value at $1.2 billion. That number is nowhere near what Brownlee has been claiming it is worth.
...aND TVNZ attacked the actual return we get from the Mining companies - A MERE 1% - that's all we are going to get 1%!!!!!
So the actual amount Gerry wants us to destroy our clean and green image for is 1%! I pointed out we would be unhappy with Gerry and his magic beans, so how happy are you folks?
As for the Great Barrier, it is the smokescreen mine I argued National would use to try and slip mining through around the rest of the country, they will allow Nikki Kaye to do her song and dance and retreat there to make the policy look 'moderate' and that they are 'listening'.
Look - National have LIED about the mineral valuation, they have LIED about the supposed wealth we will actually get back and they are LYING about mining Great Barrier - and while they lie about mining they are destroying our clean green image.
For the first time since National were elected, I get a real sense that many people who voted for John Key are now regretting that decision.
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