The Government has bowed to public pressure and announced what they claim is a “wide reaching” enquiry into how Havelock North and other parts of Central Hawkes Bay lost their once safe water supply.
One small problem, however. Cabinet has decided that the enquiry should not, under any circumstances, look at the possibility that farming is to blame.
Got that? It’s wide ranging, but only in a narrow and tightly defined way. Key burbled his way through one of his worst ever interviews on RNZ this morning, trying to make this whitewash sound substantive. He really is sounding like a pisstake of himself these days.
The terms of reference include this judicial choke collar:
Could it be that National have made the cynical calculation that letting down the people of the CHB, and other provincial areas, is less risky than making farmers accountable for their poisoning their neighbours?
Just how far will National let intensive farming water shit down?
In the meantime, perhaps Hastings should bite the bullet and consider twinning with Flint, Michigan?
They’ve got a lot in common these days.