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.

Ngapuhi wind claim seems to be serious

Last week David Rankin said there would be Maori claims they should be paid wind royalties for wind power. This was questioned as a possible wind up – because it seemed so ludicrous – but apparently it’s serious.

Ngapuhi lodge claim over wind

Ngaphui have formally lodged a claim at the Waitangi Tribunal for commercial use of the wind.

Spokesperson David Rankin says the tribe is making a pre-emptive move before any wind farms are set up in Northland.

He says the wind can be classified as a protected ‘taonga’ – or treasure – and Maori should have a say in how it is used in commercial power generation.

“Like fish in the 1980s, and water more recently, wind will become a property right and its commercial use will be a tradable commodity,” says Mr Rankin.

He says non-commercial use of the wind will not be affected, and that any criticism of the claim is “flatulence”.

This is going to stretch Maori credibility even more. There is already widespread disquiet over some Maori water claims.