Something in the water

There must be something odd in the water at Newshub. Just because they polled on water royalties they claim that it could be a “major election issue”.

They are trying to make a major headline issue out of something they plucked out of the water.

Newshub poll: 87pct say charge royalties on water

The exporting of New Zealand water looks likely to be a major election issue.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows 87 percent of New Zealanders are unhappy that exporters are able to obtain the water for next-to-nothing then send it offshore for big profits.

Water consents are very cheap – and profits are big.

This is more like agenda promotion rather than an unbiased poll report.

The numbers on ‘Should water bottling companies pay a royalty?’

  • Yes 87%
  • No 9%
  • Don’t know 4%

This is hardly a surprising result. And the Newshub over flavouring of the water debate is not surprising either.

They trotted out comments by opposition MPs James Shaw and David Parker, and found an ‘ordinary person’ neighbouring a Chinese owned water bottling plant who doesn’t like it.

This is blatant making a story to promote a poll result by Newshub – trying to make an issue out of something that most people probably barely care about let alone would base their vote on.

They don’t seem to have polled on “Would you be happy to pay a royalty on the water you use?”

Neither does there seem to be a poll on “Would you prefer that Newshub reported more on things that actually matter?”

The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted June 2-12. 1000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

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7 Comments

  1. unitedtribes2

     /  June 15, 2017

    I wonder who will be putting their hand up for Te royalty

  2. Blazer

     /  June 15, 2017

    All water exported should be. ..levied. .no brainer.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 15, 2017

      Why just water?

      • Blazer

         /  June 15, 2017

        Who said..just water…what natural resource is free to export for..profit?

        • John Schmidt

           /  June 15, 2017

          Sand

          • Blazer

             /  June 15, 2017

            Where and what sand..iron ore. ..sand?

          • Gezza

             /  June 15, 2017

            Not more bloody sand! Christ, I’ve only just put the shovel away!