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.
Whakatane District Councillor Mike van der Boom says companies are taking a precious resource from his area and not paying a cent for it.
“We’re subsidising them to make a profit,” he says.
“We just want our water preserved, a sustainable take – what is a sustainable take? Do they know what that is? I have a lot of questions and not many answers.”
Environment Minister Nick Smith maintains his stance that charging companies to take water is ridiculous
“If parties opposite want to start imposing new taxes on the use of water, where are they going to stop? Will air be charged for next?”
But Parliament’s opposition parties are united – get water, pay a royalty.
“We do believe that commercial businesses that are taking water out of the ground for free and then making a profit out of it should pay for the use of that resource,” Greens co-leader James Shaw says.
New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters also says there should be a royalty paid.
“They will pay to export it offshore, and the money will go back to the local community from where the water was extracted in the first place.”
The Overseas Investment Office is currently assessing the sale of Otakiri Springs to Nongfu Spring.
Otakiri Springs has been contacted for comment about its plans.
THIS IS WHAT NZ GOVERNMENT CALLS A “SWIMMABLE RIVER”:
And did you notice the Dairy Industry allusions, with the lactating women chained to milking machines?
Yes! and how Max was used as the human blood bag to give the tumor riddled character some fresh blood for one last hurrah.
Just yesterday I was agreeing with Clyde about Kiwis being an apathetic bunch.
WAKE THE FUCK UP!!
(And I don't usually swear guys, but, comes a time....)
There has been some of news on this in the last 3 months on Stuff, however like usual this has been planned long in advance (consents given in 1990 to build the pipeline on DOC land) but as usual the locals have been kept in the dark and have not been fully informed. Jackson Bay is very sparsley populated of year round locals and half the homes there are holiday homes and the Haast district has around 240 residents.
And on cue...after the geoengineered deluge we experienced in the North earlier this month...Auckland is now facing a water shortage.
From "Jack" via Email:
A quote from Murder at Pike River, second edition from a Moari woman radio talkback caller.
“You know, there’s something mighty fishy about what the media is telling us all about this B/S at Pike River Mine. Why has nobody been charged? You know. Just as they killed those guys and they have now sealed the mine up and buried them forever – if we, as a people, don’t do something about it – before long – they are going to bury us all too!”