Compensation!!!! for what exactly?

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

In the latest bullshit-excuse-for-extortion news a Waikato marae collective has vowed to block a bridge to stop a 255-tonne transformer reaching Huntly Power Station. Waahi Whanui Trust members say they will stop traffic crossing Tainui Bridge in protest at what they claim has been a lack of consultation and recognition from Genesis Energy.

Why exactly are they blocking it?

Well, that is hard to fathom, it isn’t because the Taniwha in the river might get upset over the transformer crossing it……nope, not that, though it may awaken any moment…it isn’t for some percieved treaty slight, but of course that hasn’t been mentioned YET.

It is really a case of simple extortion, blackmail, highway robbery and sour grapes.

And oh look another Labour MP at the centre of it all.

Genesis had the following to say

“We find it extremely disappointing and quite unreasonable that a small number of people from one marae, two days before the transformer is planned to arrive at Huntly, start standing up and demanding compensation for the existence of the power station which has been there for 30 years.”

Mr Gordon blamed frustration by Waahi Marae for the protest, after negotiations for a temporary bypass across marae land fell through.

He said the company offered to provide around $100,000 worth of upgrades at the marae including new roads, carparks and drainage.

“They came back with [Labour MP] Nanaia Mahuta and said, ‘Yeah sure you can do that but we want $200,000 in cash as well’. We declined that.”

Genesis found an alternate route and now the blackmailers want not $200,000 but $4.5 MILLION.

This is a case of simple extortion and highway robbery and should be treated as such.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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