Save a Beach?

There is a campaign to save a beach. It even has a semi cool name – New Chum. Perhaps that is because plenty of shark like to swim there and any swimmers are considered chum. Anyway some developers want us the taxpayer to cough up $10 million to match their “contribution” to “save” a beach. The real reason is that the developers are probably skint and have come up with a cunning plan for some corporate welfare to get back their sunk costs. Nevertheless I think the idea has merit.

Predictably, Labour have jumped on the bandwagon, including Phil Goff who is desperate for any good news just 4 days into the new year. Still the sight of Caropotamus sitting on a beach is something we should all be afraid of…the wonder is the people of Matarangi didn’t try to re-float her.

Now, I can help Labour out and the developers, as well as protect the beach for future generations. The solution is easy.

Take the money off the NZSO and buy the beach.

Let’s face it, times are tight and coming up with $10 million is a tough ask. So we have to make choices. I agree with Labour on this one but Phil Goff must make a choice. Fund the NZSO for a year which will cost about the same (they get over $13 million in taxpayer subsidies per annum), or save a beach for future generations.

It’s a pretty simple decision. I’d go for the beach. Reeef the cash off the NZSO and if you need a bit more take the rest from the Royal NZ Ballet.

So far if we had used the Whaleoil method of public funds redistribution we would have saved a beach and provided the cash for Search and Rescue.


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