A Chinese company wants to buy a Bay of Plenty water bottling plant and dramatically increase its water take, and it will get the water virtually for free.
Otakiri Springs currently pays only $2003 in compliance costs each year, allowing it to take 700,000 litres a day. The consent doesn’t expire until 2026.
Now prospective owner Nongfu Spring Natural Mineral Water wants to increase the water take to 5 million litres a day. It’s the same aquifer where New Zealand company Oravida takes 400,000 litres a day.
Why the hell are we allowing a foreign country to take our water for free? Isn’t it enough that our Government’s slavish worship of the free market allows bugger all measures to stop our land from being flogged off to foreigner interests, but are we allowing our water to be taken as well?
And hold on, Oravida takes 400 000 litres a day already? The same Oravida that Judith Collins husband is on the board of? The same Oravida that Judith Collins went to as a formal representative of NZ? The same Oravida that Judith went to dinner with meeting senior Chinese officials? The same Oravida that donated $80 000 to the National Party?
So THAT Oravida has a deal to take 400 000 litres of water from NZ per day???
In other countries this is called corruption, in sleepy old Nu Zilind it’s just National Party crony capitalism unchallenged by voters too distracted by Rugby or The Batchelor to say anything.
Shouldn’t someone investigate the relationships senior National Party Ministers have with wealthy Chinese benefactors?