Creswell NZ sounds like a New Zealand owned company doesn’t it?
It’s not. In fact it is owned by Nongfu Spring Co., Ltd a massive Chinese bottling company and last year our Government allowed them to buy the land to build a massive 16,800m2 water bottling mega-plant at Otakiri in the Bay of Plenty .
If not stopped it will extract 550 million litres water a year put it in milliions of plastic bottles and shp it overseas
MInister Eugenie Sage said she was powerless to stop it, but she will not release the advice she received from Crown Law on which she based her opinion nor did she act on her responsibility as a law maker and her professed Green principles to change the Overseas Investment laws.
But all is not lost.
The little guys of Whakane can still fight the big waterbottling giant in the Environment Court but they need your help.
They need to raise $NZ 43,125 to fight the Appeal. So far they have $2,290 pledged.
New Zealanders who want to protect our natural resources have the odds stacked against them.
For the giant multinationals money is no object but for the small communities, affected by these mega water miners, finding enough money to get the battle into court is a huge challenge .
And while it’s Otakiri today, this will happen in many more places in New Zealand tomorrow if Enironmental case law is not established to stop these overseas bottling companies in their tracks.
I have. I hope you will too because their battle is our battle.
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Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.