Green party election campaign launch with a new tax

The issue of NZ’s water being bottled by foreign companies and sold overseas for huge profits has become a bit of a political hot potato.

The Green Party has launched its election campaign focusing on what it hopes will be a hot-button issue: charging companies that sell or export bottled water from New Zealand.

At its campaign launch in Nelson, Green Party co-leader James Shaw set out new policy to charge water bottlers 10 cents a litre on sales and exports of bottled water, saying companies that profited from New Zealand’s water should pay for the privilege.

It would also place an interim ban on any new consents being given to bottle water. The revenue from the water levy would be split and distributed 50/50 to local councils and the mana whenua [local Maori] where the water was from.

Councils would be expected to ringfence it to use for cleaning waterways and drinking water supplies. Shaw said the split for local Maori was in recognition that long-term solutions to water charging had to recognise Treaty of Waitangi rights.

So tax the nasty “foreigners” and give water rights to Maori over and above natural-born New Zealanders that do not identify as Maori.

Xenophobia, politics of envy and apartheid.

Thank God that they will never, ever, be in government.  Not even Labour has been able to stomach them to date.


– NZ Herald

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