If you have never been to Raglan, New Zealand, then just look at my old blog, ‘Cloud Choppers,’ and then imagine more green pristine grasslands and pastures alongside native forests.
Now imagine a Chinese company coming in and conducting ‘exploratory’ work to find out if the area is rich in Iron sands and other minerals. Apparently this has been going on for quite some time and the next phase is the planning and feasibility studies---all this without most of the locals knowing.
Who did know then? We all know that these things just creep up on us and before we know it the contracts are signed and yet another piece of NZ disappears. Oh yes--- they will say that they will protect and restore the environment at the conclusion of their rape and pillage.
Yes I know that many in NZ want to copy our Aussie cousins and dig the wealth out of the ground, so that we can have our hospitals and welfare systems, but is it right that we are not consulted first. As for the money coming back in royalties to the Government--- how much?
I am not against wealth creation but I am against the mad rush to exploit our natural resources. I do not believe that these huge companies (not just Chinese— but also American, European and Asian Companies) give a stuff about the NZ environment.
I am sure the Greens will be onto this like a jack Russell chasing a rat.