Stuart Nash is showing some smarts in looking at the Ruataniwha Water Storage
Coming down to Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme’s pointy end of the wedge ” it seems local politicians generally support the dam.
The only rub? Getting farmers to see the value in investing in such a project.
Napier MP Stuart Nash said the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme had to meet four conditions before he would back it.
That the region’s assets would not be put at risk, that the RWSS created a number of “well paid, sustainable jobs”, that it does not turn the Tukituki River toxic and finally, such a scheme needed to be economically viable.
“The last thing we need as ratepayers is a millstone around our neck if farmers who do not see value in this do not sign up,” he said.
“So I am not against it, but the only way I would support it is if it met those four criteria.”