Oh look, the left are trying to destroy even more businesses

What is it with the left that they are so adverse to business making money?

Some companies are exporting millions of litres of bottled New Zealand water, and paying very little in return.

One company, Oravida, takes 400,000 litres a day from an aquafer in the Bay of Plenty. Last year they paid $526 in compliance fees.

The Green Party’s spokesperson for water, Catherine Delahunty, says the Government isn’t doing enough to protect New Zealand’s assets.

“Aucklanders don’t leave the tap running because there’s a charge on it and they value it, but Oravida and other companies can take it away, basically for nothing. That’s just wrong.”

Most Aucklanders pay a metred charge for water and wastewater services. In other parts of New Zealand, water maintenence is included in rates charges.

But Minister Nick Smith says the bottled water industry make up “diddly-squat” of water take, and “it would be unfair to charge them for water use any more than the thousands of other water users who use so much more.”

Minister Smith says there’s “no common sense” in targeting water bottlers when dairy farmers used 400 litres of water to produce one litre of milk.

Has Catherine Delahunty seen how much water flows out into the sea every day without anyone paying for it?

She also doesn’t take into account that the bottling company is paying wages, salaries, PAYE and GST.

The suppliers of bottles, caps and labels will also be benefiting.

And the plant won’t have just appeared on-site for free either.  It requires maintenance and repair.

When people in towns and cities paid for water, they pay for the network, the maintenance, the sanitation, the delivery, the operating costs and the profit.   This isn’t the same as a plant that bottles at the source.

People in cities and town pay for wastewater management.  This isn’t the same as a plant that bottles at the source.

The whole thing is a beat-up, and once again, it wouldn’t have gone anywhere if it wasn’t for a lazy media grateful for yet another SHOCK HORROR OMG ORAVIDA cut and paste.

If the Green Party can run  a 400,000 litre a day bottling plant to health standards, pay everyone involved, and only cough up $526 a year for it, then they need to leave politics now and all get into the industry.


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