Greens trying to out-Green the National party


Poor Nick Smith.  He’s created water standards where there were none, and all the Greens can do is tell him he’s not doing a good job.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith is defending the Government’s track record on cleaning up New Zealand’s rivers, saying it’s done more to improve water quality than any previous government.

It comes after the Green Party launched a major new environmental campaign at its annual conference in Christchurch over the weekend targeting 10 of the country’s dirtiest rivers, including the Waikato, Tukituki and Manawatu rivers.

Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei wants to make the rivers safe to swim in and MPs will be hitting the road to highlight what’s threatening the waterways – including over-intensification of dairying, sewerage and industrial pollution – and what can be done to clean them up and protect them.

“Rivers can be clean enough to swim in, but only if the Government lifts its ‘wadeable’ standards and demands they be ‘swimmable’ instead,” Ms Turei said.

“Under National nearly two-thirds of our rivers are unsafe for swimming. New Zealand needs a government to back our rivers and to stop defending polluters.”

That has to hurt.   Before National, there were no standards.

But Dr Smith said it is ill-informed of the Greens to blame the current government for the country’s water quality issues. […]

“Our government has done more than any in our history to improve water quality of our lakes and rivers,” he said.”We welcome the Greens renewed interest in fresh water quality issues. It is one of the government’s top environmental priorities.”

Nick needs to grow a pair.   The Greens aren’t misinformed.  They are trying and succeeding in turning a National green positive into a negative, and using it to boost their own support.

National should expect more of this.  Whatever they do that is “green”, the Green Party will simply highlight how it isn’t good enough.   And because of it, they are controlling the narrative.


– Newshub

Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.