February 05, 2014
Prime Mininster kept waiting
The prime minister has challenged an anti drilling protestor to come to Wellington and test his ideas.
John Keys welcome onto Waitangi marae was delayed for almost two hours this morning by a powhiri for a hikoi of about 80 people who had travelled from Cape Reinga to protest oil exploration.
Waatea News Editor Adam Gifford, was there.
Gifford says the despite the Prime Ministers hectic schedule he made a point of hearing the protestors case. From the taumata Ngapuhi protestor Joel Bristowe stated empahtically protestors were concerned about the risks of drilling in the deep waters of the far North and their fears that any spill could not be prevented or contained. Bristowe called on the government to taihoa on its exploration policies and to instead invest in alternative sources of energy.
John Key told Mr. Bristowe he had listened to his concerns and told him his facts were wrong. He invited Mr. Bristowe to Wellington for a week to go through his concerns with officials and minsiters and if after a week Mr. Bristowe was proved right, then Mr. Key said he'd join the hiikoi, however if he was proved wrong then Mr. Bristowe would need to go back to his fellow protetsors and admit he was wrong ".
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