Part of the problem of our 100% Pure marketing campaign is that it’s becoming a hypercritical joke. The reliance of the economy on milk powder, milk powder and more milk powder has led to an intensification of dairy and that in turn is having a terrible impact on water being used for irrigation and the vast amount of cow faeces polluting those depleted waterways.
Such a lack of economic diversification leads to Dairy Farming having a level of influence over Government that is odious and no where more glaring is that type of rot more obvious than what was revealed about Nick Smith’s decision making process in regards to the Ruataniwha irrigation proposal.
The Department of Conservation submitted a 32-page submission claiming the Tukituki catchment was “risky”, “untested” and “inappropriate”.
Smith claims he didn’t know anything about the DoC submission or why it’s final recommendation was slashed to a mere 2 paragraphs which were approved by him.
Really? Smith had no idea of the submission?
“I did not know of the existence of a draft submission.”
Turns out Smith was aware of the submission and was in fact briefed on it and once aware of it’s findings seemed to have moved heaven and earth to censor it down to the pathetic 2 paragraphs.
This is an abomination of process and censorship to gag DoC from making very clear scientific warnings about the intensification of farming. If our 100% Pure is to mean something, then this type of grotesque gerrymandering of the outcome must be challenged.
This is not acceptable from a Minister to hide the truth, Nick Smith can not stay on as Conservation Minister.