April 08, 2014
Nothing for north in oil rush
No consultation, no jobs, no deal.
That’s the verdict from Northland anti-drilling activist Reuben Taipari Porter to the release of blocks for oil and gas exploration.
Energy Minister Simon Bridges has called for tenders for a further 405,000 square kilometres of sea and land, including the Reinga-Northland Basin off the west coast of Northland.
Mr Bridges says iwi, hapu and local authorities have been consulted, but Mr Porter says he can see no evidence of consultation.
He says there is nothing in it for Maori.
"They’re only coming down here to make a profit. They have confirmed with us across the table that there are no jobs for Northland, that there is no money coming in to all Northland and the government is getting any money that does come into this country so why would Northland want to support this development," Mr Porter says.
He says he has support from many pakeha in Northland who are concerned about the environmental consequences of oil exploration.
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