Why isn’t Metiria Turei demanding economic relief?

via ODT

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The drought has hit the farmers hard.  Yields are down, and times are tough.  And I just can’t understand why Metiria Turei isn’t up in arms fighting for the hard working entrepreneurs that are the economic backbone of…

Hang on, let me start at the beginning

The drought has done the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions a favour by considerably reducing the size and quality of the annual cannabis crop, says eastern police district organised crime head, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Foster.

Police conducted a marijuana swoop from the end of February and into the first two weeks of March, using a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter.

“We seized and destroyed 7500 plants across the Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa, Gisborne and East Coast districts, with about 4000 of those plants growing around Gisborne and on the East Coast,” Mr Foster said.

“Across the whole police district that’s down about 4000 plants, spread pretty widely over the district,” he said.

The estimated street value (based on $1000 a plant) is still significant – $7.5 million in total and $4 million in this district.

As I was saying.  This has to be hitting her constituents pretty hard in the pocket.  And if there was any consistency to her policies and approach, you’d be expecting her to call of the government to provide some disaster relief, wouldn’t you?


Source:  NZ Herald

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