Shane Jones on the Greens and Mining

Newstalk ZB

Shane Jones spoke with Leighton Smith this morning about the Greens and Mining. Based on his comments in the NZ Herald this morning:

“We in Maoridom must not buy uncritically into the hostile rhetoric from the Greenies.

“It’s about time they showed as much concern for the brown kiwis disappearing to Aussie as for the habitat of the brown spotted kiwi.”

With limited opportunities in farming or tourism, the extractive industries were the best opportunities for jobs and economic advancement for Northland Maori.

“There is an ethic of guardianship in our national culture and no one should deny that but there’s also an awareness that each generation has got to create jobs and got to search for ways to create wealth.

“We can only create greater wealth by boosting our export earnings. Those things are capable of coming to pass with a sensible environmental framework.”

It is well worth a listen:

Shane Jones smacks up the Green over mining (10:59)

But it’s not just the Greens that Jones should be having a go at, Labour Leadership contender Grant Robertson is running a full-scale scare campaign on oil and mineral exploration.


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  • Symgardiner

    My goodness! Why did he join the Labour Party? That sounded halfway sensible. 

    • TravisPoulson

      heh exactly. I think he’s one of the better Labour MP’s, even if he does beat off in a Hotel to viewing material funded by the taxpayer. 

  • Saccharomyces

    About the most sensible thing to come out of a Liarbore MP’s mouth since……. shit, it might be the most sensible ever?

  • Other_Andy

    Not surprising. The labour Party consists of several factions. The gay faction, the feminist faction, the union faction and the Maori faction. Each of them have their own agenda and sometimes (as in this case)  their interests will clash.

    • Troy

      Yup, and it’s likely he’ll get told off by the gay faction, after all its Robertson who is driving the anti-asset sale, not Shearer – Robertson has more to gain by getting his lard ass out more in public.

  • Phar Lap

    “No Knickers” Robertson,nurtured in the bosom of Clark and Simpson,is carrying on the philosophy of the two twisted sisters.Keep the natives in the dark and feed them bull****.

  • tarkwin

    Finally, some hope for us up North! I take back all the horrible things I’ve said about you Shane. But just remember, Maori aren’t the only race up here. Break the mold be inclusive.

  • Johnbronkhorst

    I understand the rumour (that I will start), not to be true, that shane jones is standing for the National Party at the next election.

  • LesleyNZ

    Shane Jones was very good. He needs to get out of politics (leave the Labour Party) and put his skills into getting the mining going up North.

  • Gravedodger

    I am not convinced that he will not be the new face of Winston first.

    How can he be happy being pissed on by the feminazis including Robertson and Chauvel.