If a country can’t be taken away, what exactly is being shipped off to China in vast shiploads?

July 6, 2010

Maybe with bigger trucks we could shift the lot by the end of the century...

Alf salutes the PM this morning, on reading that John Key doesn’t want New Zealanders to become tenants in their own country as foreign companies seek to buy up farms.

The Government therefore may look at law changes.

The issue has arisen in the wake of a Chinese company’s bid to buy the Crafar farms.

Key would not comment directly on the Crafar farms issue because it’s before the Overseas Investment Office, although it’s fair to think that in this case the OIO is taking a bit more time to look into the matter than it normally tends to do.

If we had Olympic Games for rubber stamping overseas investment approvals, the OIO would be among the medal winners, probably with a gold and a world record.

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Salinger’s sacking not a ministerial matter

April 29, 2009

Jeanette Fitzsimons is on the wrong tack, trying to embroil Wayne Mapp in the fuss over Jim Salinger’s sacking.

In Parliament yesterday she asked Mapp, our Minister of Research, Science and Technology, if he stood by his statement in the Dominion Post last Saturday that the dismissal of internationally renowned scientist Dr Jim Salinger from his position at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is “an employment dispute, which must be handled by the chief executive and the board”?

Mapp stuck to his guns: “Yes, I do.”
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