Cunliffe seems to be trying to win votes by the dozens at enormous cost to the taxpayer, this morning it was a couple of million to a litigation fund to sue EQC on behalf of a few Cantabs, and now:
Labour would ensure the owners of the Rena would fully remove the wrecked containership if elected.
Making the announcement in Tauranga today, leader David Cunliffe said a Labour Government would order that the whole wreck be taken off the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty.
It comes after the ship’s owners and insurers recently confirmed they would seek resource consent to leave much of the wreck on the reef.
The company expected the application, likely to be directly referred to the Environment Court, would be lodged between the end of this month and May.
Bay of Plenty iwi, along with Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, have voiced their opposition to the idea.
Mr Cunliffe said the decision to seek permission to leave part of the wreck was an “insult” to Bay of Plenty people and to the environment.
“Daina Shipping must be made to clean up the wreckage and pay for the cost of doing so,” he said.
“A Labour government will clean the reef up. We will make the Rena’s owner pay through any means possible.”
Sounds like a policy win: Xenophobic, anti-big business and more green than the Green Taliban all at the same time. Except… Read more »