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IS JOHN KEY ATTEMPTING (AGAIN) TO MISUSE HIS PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PRIVATE GAIN?

http://www.nbr.co.nz/node/122269

(Comment up on NBR)

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(If you want to make an email submission against allowing exploration and mining activities in these areas:

– The Inangahua sector of Paparoa National Park
– The Otahu Ecological Area in the Coromandel
– Parakawai Geological Area in the Coromandel
– The additional seven areas in the Coromandel Peninsula totalling 2,574 hectares
– 705 hectares of the Te Ahumata Plateau are on Great Barrier Island

http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/mining

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SUBMISSION FROM AN ‘ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGNER’

It is of huge concern to me that according to the ‘Register of Interests’ of NZ Members of Parliament, Prime Minister John Key has shares in Jackson Mining – a gold-mining company, which could benefit from the proposed changes to Schedule 4 to allow exploration and mining activities.

I understand that all of the areas proposed have outstanding ecological and landscape value, which is why they were originally protected.

It is my understanding that Schedule 4 was put in place by the National government in 1997 to protect and safeguard the future of our core conservation areas.

I share the view that ‘protected and safeguarded they should continue to be’.

Proposed removals:

I do not support the government’s proposals to remove any areas from Schedule 4.

The beneficiaries of this action will, in my view, not be the general public – but shareholders in the mining companies – of which Prime Minister John Key is one.

I therefore do not support the government’s proposals to remove the following areas from Schedule 4:

– The Inangahua sector of Paparoa National Park
– The Otahu Ecological Area in the Coromandel
– Parakawai Geological Area in the Coromandel
– The additional seven areas in the Coromandel Peninsula totalling 2,574 hectares
– 705 hectares of the Te Ahumata Plateau are on Great Barrier Island

The public perception is that the Prime Minister, as a shareholder in a mining company, is using his public office for potential private gain.

This is, in my considered opinion, a form of corrupt practice.

It is not the first time that John Key has attempted to use his public office for private gain.

As MP for Helensville, John Key not only failed to disclose his former pecuniary interest in Trans Rail, but attempted to flush out commercially sensitive information about Trans Rail at a time it was an ‘Item of Business’ before the House, through an OIA request to the former Minister of Finance, Michael Cullen.

When, on the advice of Treasury, Michael Cullen refused to provide that ‘commercially sensitive’ information, John Key made a complaint to the Ombudsman.

In my considered opinion, it is not a ‘good look’, for the Prime Minister of New Zealand, which according to Transparency International’s ‘Corruption Perception Index’ is perceived to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’, to be involved (again) in arguably a potentially ‘corrupt practice’.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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April 30, 2010 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ

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