A good point

NZ Herald

Fran O’Sullivan makes a good point about the claims of Fay’s legal case and the agitators of Federated F-Wits insistence that people buying farms come here and handle the teats and get their gumboots muddy…as if Michael Fay would ever deign to touch a cow’s udder:

Crown Law (which is arguing on behalf of the Cabinet ministers who approved the deal) maintains that Shanghai Pengxin had the business acumen to acquire the relevant dairy expertise by forming a joint venture with Landcorp and that the Chinese firm’s broader business skills will bring something more to the mix.

Many recently approved foreign investors in New Zealand dairy farms – like film-maker James Cameron – are hardly going to be “putting on their gumboots” to run their farms here. Neither will the directors of the Harvard University funds, which owns a sway of farms here.

Nor the many German and Swiss investors who have shares in various dairy partnerships.

If the court finds in the challengers’ favour this will effectively circumscribe the ability of farm owners to sell farms on the external market. It should be noted farm owners do have to advertise their land within New Zealand first.

James Cameron just bought another farm and there wasn’t a single outraged email or press release from Labour, the Greens, Michael Fay, any Maori group or the stupidly named Save our Farms crowd. Perhaps they like the colour of Cameron’s skin and his round eyes? Michael Fay certainly hasn’t initiated any legal action to take James Cameron’s farms off him.

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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.