Government firing line in Invercargill
EUFA (Exposing Unacceptable Financial Activities Inc Soc)
Invercargill EUFA RECOVERY ROAD SHOW was held in Southland yesterday with around 80 investors attending.
The Investors who attended were tied up in most of the finance company collapses including Bridgecorp, Five star, and Blue-Chip.
In follow up meetings following the main meeting, with smaller groups including a Blue Chip meeting, it was evident that the suffering and pain is as deep seated in Southland as it is in the far North. The people supported EUFA Spokesman Gray Eatwell in his constant stance that the Government must govern.
Mrs. Suzanne Edmonds, Coordinator of EUFA said, "At every meeting people ask what the government are doing - that's their main question followed by a plea for help 'What can we do?'. This plea for help is heart wrenching - we are seeing examples of this in the media almost everyday at the moment and this cant be ignored any longer by politicians"
Mr. Gray Eatwell Southland farmer and Finance spokesman for EUFA was the main speaker. He told the meeting that the Government has obligations to protect hard working "savers" of New Zealand. He said " You people here today are not investors, you are New Zealand's hard working kiwi savers" .. Investors play the share market and such like.. I bet you wanted your money safe didn't you?"
The audience overwhelming nodded as they paid firm attention to Mr. Eatwells speech.
Mr. Eatwell delivered some undisputable facts. He quoted directly from a letter written to him by the Minister of Commerce, Ms Lianne Dalziel when she was Commerce Minister first time around before her fall from grace.
11 Aug 2003 "Strengthening corporate governance and improving the ethical behavior of New Zealand businesses is a key objective of this government, ...........As far as remedies are concerned, whilst the government does have the power to employ remedies under legislation such as the Corporations (Investigation and Management) Act 1989 and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989, these are only used in extraordinary cases where other lawful remedies are either unavailable or will be in-effective."
Mr. Eatwell added, " If the Government had delivered on this commitment you wouldn't be here today because you wouldn't have lost your savings to this reckless or fraudulent industry ... these are "extraordinary cases" .
The attentive audience broke into murmur showing an over whelming agreement with Mr Eatwell.
Mr. Eatwell promised the audience to continue to deliver what was becoming an overwhelming message from individuals who had written to him and spoken to him and other EUFA executives in recent weeks.
Mrs. Edmonds invited the audience to write to EUFA with their stories; she ensured them that confidentially would prevail. She said "we need your stories as we are your voice, we deliver your message and on your behalf we bring People Power to the fore, instead of you all feeling so alone and helpless."
The Minister of Commerce, Ms Lianne Dalziel has committed to address Investors at the final EUFA RECOVERY ROAD SHOW meeting being held in Wanganui on 23 April 2008