One of Pita’s pet projects – it’s a $2 million waka that nobody wants to keep after the Rugby World Cup

July 30, 2011

Dunno if it’s offensive to white elephants, but Alf is tempted to regard “white elephant” as an apt description for a waka designed to promote Maori culture during the Rugby World Cup.

The Weekend Herald today is saying the $2 million waka could be sent to the scrapheap soon after it stars as a Government-backed tourist attraction during the tournament.

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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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