This cronyism makes the SkyCity deal look above board and proper…
Spending millions of dollars on a Saudi businessman’s farm was not “compensation” paid to clear the way for a free trade deal, officials say.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said a push for a regional trade deal was a key consideration when investing in the farm, but there would be no deal if it did not provide a sound opportunity for Kiwi companies.
New Zealand spent $6 million to help establish a demonstration farm near Dammam, in eastern Saudi Arabia, saying it would be used to showcase New Zealand’s agricultural technology.
…we blew $6m on a Saudi’s farm to end a feud created when we banned live sheep exports so we could get a trade deal with a medieval religious monarchy that won’t even allow women to drive???
Meanwhile 250 000 NZ children live in poverty and slumlords build empires off the back of working NZers who are bled dry with rents that melt their pathetic working wages.
I’m just saying there’s a lot more pressing issues to tend to than blowing millions on a farm for a Saudi businessmen so we can trade with a nation diametrically opposed to our values.