Mataura Val­ley Milk con­sent

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As a lay­man, I find it easy to un­der­stand when Mataura Val­ley Milk is de­scribed in the me­dia as a ‘‘new $200 mil­lion in­fant for­mula plant,’’ and com­pare it to the re­ported value of the 1997 Ray­onier pro­ject ($180 mil­lion in 1997 = $270 in 2017 dol­lars).

It is plain to see that MVM can­not be said to dwarf Ray­onier as as­serted by Mr Steven Parry, Gore District Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

The main theme of my let­ter to Newslink last week, and ig­nored by Mr Parry, was the is­sue of the novel build­ing con­sent dis­count granted to MVM by the Gore District Coun­cil. This dis­count ef­fec­tively served to re­move fi­nan­cial re­sources from the Gore district, and largely en­rich the Gov­ern­ment of China, the owner of the largest share­holder in MVM.

Fur­ther, I ask Mr Parry to re­search, to learn and in­form the pub­lic about the devel­op­ment levy ex­tracted from Ray­onier by GDC and its lead­er­ship 20 years ago for the ben­e­fit of this district.

This was ne­glected by Mr Parry in his re­ply.

I can in­form that Ray­onier paid a $500,000 devel­op­ment levy that has en­hanced this district.

Any­way, Mr Parry has pro­duced his ev­i­dence that the MVM pro­ject has twice the value of the Ray­onier pro­ject.

On that ba­sis, MVM should be up for dou­ble the devel­op­ment levy, ie. 41 mil­lion plus. Ian Robert­son Arthur­ton Please be aware that I do not make the de­ci­sion on what level of fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion should be im­posed on the MVM devel­op­ment. This is a mat­ter for elected mem­bers and specif­i­cally the Mataura Val­ley Milk Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

I am happy to dis­cuss is­sues of con­cern with Mr Robert­son, should he wish to pop in and see me. Steve Parry CEO Gore District Coun­cil

Mataura Val­ley Milk is con­struct­ing an in­fant for­mula pro­cess­ing plant at McNab, near Gore.

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