Fuck they are getting more desperate. The latest in the Dom Post:
Labour is set to ratchet up the debate over sales of land to foreign investors, with figures showing the equivalent of 122 rugby fields of Kiwi farmland are approved for sale to foreign investors each day.
I assume that a rugby field is around equal to a hectare. So NZ has around 27 million rugby fields to sell. Over a year (assuming working days) that is 30 hectares sold, or around 0.1% of total land.
Over a decade, that would be a massive 1% sold. Oh fuck, how the hell would we cope with only the remaining 99%?
Even worse, by the year 3000 all the land may be gone. Well, only if you ignore that those overseas purchasers also sell their land eventually – sometimes back to NZ owners.
And in the past five years, 219 of the 222 applications lodged for a foreign purchase have been approved.
“Let’s send a clear message: We welcome your investment, but there are some things we don’t want your investment in and land is one of those,” Labour leader Phil Goff said.
Past five years? Hmmn. Who was in Government for most of that time? In fact who was the Minister in charge of promoting foreign investment into New Zealand? One Phil Goff?
Is there anything he will not turn his back on, in a desperate bid for relevance? Does he actually have a single core belief?
Labour sold NZ land at the rate of almost 300 rugby fields a working day – at three times the rate of sales under National.
So when exactly did Phil Goff decide this was wrong? When he was out there as Trade Minister encouraging foreign purchases of land?
Can he point to some memos he wrote as a Minister, pleading with his colleagues to clamp down on land sales?
Some 158,588 hectares was approved for sale – equivalent to about 591ha a week or 122 rugby fields every day since July 2005.
Of that 160,000 hectares Phil sold 130,000 of it, and National has sold just 30,000. Actually the land owners sold it, so talking about the Governments that approved it.
Also under Labour, Canadian pop star Shania Twain was allowed to buy 24,731 hectares of high country near Wanaka. Mr Goff admitted he was uncomfortable with the 2005 sale to Twain, although it had included many conditions and some sweeteners for the country
Really – prove it? Where are your memos and file notes, expressing your discomfort and arguing against it?