Support Greens-Labour Campaign To Save Our NZ Assets

Urgent – Help The Campaign Against Asset Sales In New Zealand.

Aotearoa Is Not For Sale.

Only two weeks left to collect those signatures against asset sales. The petition we should sign if we want to keep our assets reads:

To the House of Representatives, we, the undersigned, pursuant to the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993, ask that an indicative referendum be held on the folowing question:

Do you support the Government selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand?


Russel Norman, Co-leader of the Greens, sent us an email today. He implores us to get cracking and collect those signatures against asset sales. We have only two weeks left to collect several thousand signatures.

Greens and Labour recently joined forces (I think) to get over 350,000 signatures against John Key’s asset sale programme. But this was not quite enough, apparently.

I plan on getting 100 signatures myself this weekend. It all helps.

You can down-load the forms to collect signatures against the sale of our assets by going on-line to the Greens site:

John Key has defied public opinion, which is dead set AGAINST selling our public assets, and is marching on arrogantly towards his goal of exchanging cash for our precious assets. Not surprising – he is an investment banker – the type of person we can do without in our government. Investment bankers generally only have an eye for the dollar sign, and have little concern for the welfare of the community, and creating a harmonious, egalitarian society.

John Key’s desire to get the coffers full before he leaves parliament is his over-riding concern, even when his asset sales will leave us bereft of much of our land and the assets our forefathers have built up for us.

You do not have to be very smart to guess what losses we are in for with John Key’s plan. It is like selling your family home when things get tight financially: In most cases, you can get in borders to help out, or allow more of the family to live in the family home and contribute somehow – anything so that you can keep your precious house and bit of dirt. Once it has been sold off, the money soon gets used up anyway, and you don’t have a house anymore. You are suddenly beholden to the landlord, with the ever-present threat of rising rent.

Once you have sold off your house to pay debts, it is often very hard to get another family home you can call your own. You just have to pay whatever money the landlord demands to keep a roof over your head.

Russel Norman, Metiria Turei, David Shearer from Labour, and many other analysts have worked out that, by selling our power stations alone, we stand to lose billions of dollars in only around five years. Of course, the losses will increase by mammoth amounts with every passing year. These assets will be gone from public ownership forever. And prices for electricity will surely go up – THAT is why the government want to sell off the electricity companies and other assets – so that they generate plenty of dollars for the corporations who buy into them.

A quote from Labour leader David Shearer: “More than 80 per cent of New Zealanders are against the sale of our assets. We call on John Key to listen to the will of the people”……””This is about the transfer of an asset we all own, into the hands of a very few. That’s what it’s about, it’s about fairness, it is not fair.”

Here is the email I received today from Dr Russel Norman, co-leader of the Greens:

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
Kia ora MerrilynWe only have a couple of weeks left to get the last 16,000 valid signatures to make the Keep Our Assets petition count and stop asset sales.To reach that goal we’ve organised a Signathon on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of June. If there’s any time the petition needs your help, it’s now.Sign up to join a collection teamOur previous Signathon gathered 16,000 signatures in a weekend but it was a big effort from hundreds of volunteers. If we can beat that total, we will make our target and force a referendum to stop asset sales. In two weekends’ time we need you to show up and be part of the team collecting signatures.The Signathon is our last opportunity to make this happenAsset sales are more unpopular than ever. With the partial sale of Mighty River Power the Government took the assets from all of us and sold them to 2% of New Zealanders.To stop the sale of Meridian and other assets we need to get this job done, and we have two weeks to do it.

Every collector matters.

Russel Norman
Green Party MP


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