Lamb Protests – Power Prices – Hydro Lake – Macraes Mine
LAMB PROTESTS: Thousands of British farmers have been out on the streets in London demanding a public inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Foot and Mouth epidemic. Farmers For Action, the group who organised the protests, have also warned New Zealand to stop exporting our lamb to the UK for the next six months, and say they could take action to keep out New Zealand meat. That action could include blockades at airports. Meat NZ says they won’t be giving in to the British farmers.
POWER PRICES: Power retailer Fresh Start has announced its power prices are about to rise. It’s talking of a price hike of around ten per cent to its 40,000 customers around the country.
HYDRO LAKE: Locals on the shores of Lake Tekapo are doing there best to save power, as the hydro lake hits just 20 percent capacity. Locals say that the evidence of low lake levels right in front of them inspires them to save power.
MACRAES MINE: West Coaster are tonight preparing to rally against the decision by Conservation Minister Sandra Lee not to allow a proposed gold mine on conservation land to go ahead. Macraes, the Australian mining company whose plan was blocked, are seeking a meeting with the Conservation Minister and are planning to make another submission. Conservation groups have got hold of consultant reports that the Conservation Minister would have read while making her decision that they say prove she made the right choice.