Oh, I see the cunning plan of the Greens with their river campaign

The Greens have been busted telling porkies over polluted rivers.

I exposed their choice of a “river” in Auckland and now it seems one of the rivers they are claiming is polluted isn’t actually.

Green Party claims that the Waitara River is so polluted it is unsafe for bathers have been described as “baseless” by councillors.

Over the Queen’s Birthday weekend the Greens released a list of 10 rivers around the country that they claimed were now unsuitable for swimming.

The 10 included the Waitara, which the party said was affected by raw sewage spills.

But the claims were refuted by the Taranaki Regional Council during a meeting of its consents and regulatory committee on Tuesday.

The Green Party’s facts are totally misaligned with reality,” council chief executive Basil Chamberlain said.   

“It’s sad for the community of Waitara who can right now swim in their river 95 per cent of the time.”

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei spoke at the Greens’ annual conference in Lincoln on Sunday and said the party had chosen 10 rivers around the country to highlight what needed to be done to “make them clean enough to swim in again”.

The council’s director of environment quality, Gary Bedford, said he could find “no factual base to the Green’s claims“.

Colour me surprised…the Greens made shit up? Of course they did, they believe in global warming like it is a bad thing.

“We test the Waitara River every week during peak bathing season and have found it swimmable for 95 per cent of the time,” he said.

Bedford stressed that the council’s water quality data was publicly available and audited by Niwa to ensure its accuracy.

“It’s important to point out that if the bacteria levels reach even one point above the threshold it’s deemed at risk,” he said.

“At risk is a very different classification to un-swimmable, and is actually still safe.”

The Greens tell us to trust the science on global warming, perhaps they should trust the science from Niwa and the council.

But, I’ve worked out their cunning plan.

Declare all these rivers toxic, frighten people, increase membership and donations, then declare their campaign a success because the Waitara river is now clean. It doesn’t matter to them that it was clean in the first place. They just sell the lie, and bank the donations.

It shows the inherent dishonesty of the Green party though.


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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. 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.

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