Shining Light in Dark Corners, Ctd

Case study three in our series on James Bews-Hair, current Principal Policy Advisor to Mayor Len Brown and ‘mate’ to Conor Roberts.  Still nothing from Conor…

During Bews-Hair’s time developing the Far North as the new destination for the mining industry, Bews-Hair also seemed determined to make the place one big GE-laboratory.

His initial problem was the Far North was a founding member and driving force behind a whacky scheme to use Councils RMA responsibilities to impose much tighter controls on Genetic Engineering trials than the national framework provided for.

The Far North had not only come up with the kooky plan and formed a regional group with like minded hippies from other Councils, but they went further and signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Free Northland.  The MOU basically said the Council had to find a way to ban all GE experimentation. The agreement was packaged up as a compromise to get the District’s problematic District Plan operable.

True to form Bews-Hair started a plan that was designed to simultaneously dismantle and construct.

Through Bews-Hair’s Economic Development Strategy, he set up a unique regional relationship with the Crown Research Institutes (who were involved in GE research).  The relationship was so unique that the Association of Crown Research Institutes (ACRI) had its first ever meeting outside of Wellington in little old KeriKeri.

All good for the Far North, but the workings of a true “Waitakere Man”.  Unlikely.  We certainly need more of his ilk on the Right.


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