Peters’ Waikato warn­ing

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter - EL­TON RIKIHANA SMALLMAN

The Waikato region’s wa­ter clean-up plans have come un­der fire from Win­ston Peters.

The New Zealand First leader Win­ston Peters was in Hamil­ton on Mon­day as part of his party’s Cam­paign for the Re­gions Tour and said the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is ‘‘off the rails’’.

‘‘You’re fac­ing a disas­ter here in the Waikato,’’ Peters said. ‘‘No doubt about it.’’

Grey Power Hamil­ton held a meet­ing in the CBD with about 150 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

‘‘You’ve got the re­gional coun­cil at­tack­ing the very fu­ture lifeblood of your city,’’ he said.

‘‘You could burn half of Hamil­ton down and your hin­ter­land will pay to build it up again but you de­stroy your farm­ing ar­eas and that’s it.’’

The Paris Ac­cord cli­mate agree­ment and emis­sions trad­ing schemes are ‘‘shonky’’ and he said pol­lu­tion of wa­ter­ways is worse in the cities than the coun­try­side.

He said coun­cil is vot­ing to give wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion and trad­ing rights to Waikato iwi but ‘‘or­di­nary Maori’’ - more con­cerned with hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, health and em­ploy­ment are miss­ing out.

‘‘Those four things are what Maori want and that’s the last thing they are get­ting in this coun­try whilst we’ve got this pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with this univer­sity, so­ci­ol­ogy driven Wai­tangi in­dus­try which is now ap­pear­ing in the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.’’

NZ First can­di­date Stu Hus­band welcomes Win­ston Peters.

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