Why in the name of the little baby Jesus are we trusting Rio Tinto?


Toxic waste from Tiwai Point smelter: Government halted talks over lack of plan

It has been negotiating since September over how New Zealand Aluminium Smelters will shut the plant down in late 2024.

Now, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has told the majority owner Rio Tinto’s chief executive Alf Barrios they needed to provide more information.

In a letter released to RNZ and sent last week, Robertson criticised Rio’s approach at talks in January.

“We were again disappointed that your approach did not address the remediation activities and outcomes which we have repeatedly outlined as a non-negotiable bottom line for the Crown,” he told Barrios.

Cough – as TDB was pointing out in July of last year, why trust Rio Tinto with pollution costs?

Are we to expect a company that will shut down a smelter because of a $46m loss and who already has a deplorable reputation for lying and deceiving the clean up of toxins is actually going to spend quarter of a billion to clean up the entirety of Tiwai Point?

A clean up the Government barely has any direct answers over?

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One of the real reasons we can’t shut down Tiwai Point is because the polluters have us over a toxic barrel. The second they walk out, they will leave this toxic legacy with us to deal with and they will laugh when we try to take them to court.

We have already seen examples of this very company doing the dirty on us with toxic waste, and that would have cost them a couple of million to clean up. Why the fuck do we think they will chump up with the $250million to clean up the entire site?

We need to seize some type of leverage here because they will leave us with this poisonous wound as soon as they need to.


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  1. Australia, exporter of trash and toxic waste, ship it back and dump it right in the senate. Scomo will feel right at home amongst this pile !!

  2. The other side of the coin – the govt wants Tiwai to stay because if they leave there will be a glut in the electricity market. The govts dividends go down, then all the shareholders of Trustpower and the electricity profiteers will cry a river and demand we still keep the expensive power price the same using some sort of justification like having to pay to reroute the power. Other businesses absorb such transitional changes so why not our electricity network?

  3. Having rio tin pot O square in the middle of some of the most valuable fishing and land based food producing country in the southern hemisphere while sucking on our HYDRO electricity while ramming up the cost of the aforementioned which is essentially forcing us to subsidise rio squat-over-our-heads-and-shit-O while sucking billions off-shore in profits is hilarious.
    We somnolent Hobbits get fucked without the kissing yet again.
    What a strong gubbimint would do is kick the fuckers out effective now and liquidate their assets to pay for the clean up then get in famous actors like George Clooney, Woody Harellson or Mat Damon to swing by for a wee moment to rubbish the dirty bastards globally to make sure they never get to set up anywhere ever again. Or? Stay down in the slinky-cowers and go all snivel-grovels because money.

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