No, Hekia, all New Zealanders do not – alas -respect the laws of our lovely land

Is anything like this happening off the East Coast?

Alf’s gotta have a chat with Hekia Parata. She has been expressing some very strange beliefs on Morning Report.

Hekia – fine lady – was being questioned about the role of the police in protecting the Petrobras oil search from the greenies and stroppy Maori.

As Stuff reports, police issued maritime notices yesterday requiring the Greenpeace flotilla to remain at least 200 metres from the two ships.

The protesters face a fine of $10,000 or up to 12 months’ jail for breaching the notice.

The stroppy buggers were abiding by the 200m limit last night but will decide today whether to stick to it.

“We will continue to protest and oppose deepsea oil drilling in whatever way we agree is appropriate,” Greenpeace spokesman Steve Abel said. “We remain determined and resolute to make sure the deepsea drilling doesn’t happen in New Zealand waters.”

As a consequence of this carry-on, our splendid Minister of Energy (acting), Hekia Parata was questioned by the Morning Report gang about her view of the police involvement.

Not surprisingly, she said she supports it.

Peaceful protest is fine, but infringing on the rights of others is not on, she explained, and Petrobras has the right to go about its lawful job of conducting a five-year research protest.

If the cops have to round up a few of the protesters for going too far with their action, she thought the public would be on the side of law and order.

She’s right.

But she said she thought all New Zealanders are commited to the upholding of the law.

Say that again?

All New Zealanders are committed to upholding the law?

If that were so Crusher Collins would have bugger all to do as Minister of Police and Corrections.

Alf will suggest to Hekia that she have a chat with Crusher about the shortage of prison cells because we have to bang up so many bad buggers.

And Crusher might mention the need for the cops to seriously consider the nature of the armaments they carry with them on duty, because bad buggers increasingly are becoming very dangerous and highly villainous bad buggers.

Hekia also said she thought all New Zealanders were committed to the idea of growing a strong economy, part of which involves the search for new mineral wealth.

Sad to say, not all New Zealanders are committed to the idea of growing a strong economy.

The greenies will insist we look after some bloody snails, rather than dig for coal, and too many Maori would rather stay poor than upset the local taniwha.

But Hekia isn’t alone in spouting nonsense.

Alf noted that as the police step up pressure on the Greenpeace-led flotilla protesting against Petrobras, the government is promising tough new laws to prevent any marine disasters.

Laws don’t prevent anything. They simply provide for the punishing of those who break them.

A law can no more prevent marine disasters than it can prevent murders, rapes, burglaries and so on.

But things might never get to the drilling stage, alas.

The oil company might bugger off and leave us to get by somehow while we protect the snails and the taniwha.

As the Stuff report says –

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras says protest action off the East Cape could prompt it to withdraw early from its contractual obligations, as opponents liken the military presence there to the situation in Libya.

The navy’s inshore patrol vessel Pukaki and air force aircraft, including an Orion, have been working with police to monitor the protest.

So how many people have been killed ?

Oh, yes. None.

So what tosser likened this to goings in Libya?

Ha. One of the bloody Maori Party bunch.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell said calling in the navy to deal with the protest smacked of Libyan tactics.

“What should have happened before the permit was given to Petrobras was proper consultation including at the marae along the coast of Te Whanau A Apanui and Ngati Porou – the two iwi who belong to the waters that the Government has allowed to be exploited.”

Alf’s imagination is sorely tested, trying to discern the similarity between Libya’s freedom fighters battling a tyrant and our Government’s looking for oil.

Alf is not surprised to learn that the Petrobras head of New Zealand operations, Marco Toledo, is similarly puzzled.

The company has never experienced such opposition before.

“Petrobras is always very welcome where the company goes. While it’s in the main in Brazil, Petrobras is in more than 28 countries worldwide.”

He said it would be some time before possible drilling began and he hoped there would be better relations with iwi before then.

Fat chance.

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