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Lahar police: more nonsense from Labour

Hon Nick Smith National Party Environment Spokesman

9 March 2005

Lahar police: more nonsense from Labour

Stationing six police officers at Tangiwai to wait for the Ruapehu lahar is just another chapter in Labour’s farcical management of the lahar risk, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

”This is an extraordinary waste of police resources.

“It would take two earthworks staff just two weeks to clear away the ash dam and remove the lahar threat. Instead, Labour has decided to tie up six police staff for up to two years.

“National has consistently argued that Labour should have proceeded with the minor engineering works at the crater lake to prevent the lahar from occurring.”

The engineering works would have cost just $180,000.

Dr Smith says Labour rejected the earthworks due to politically correct ideas about cultural sensitivity and conservational purity.

“Labour’s approach to spending millions on a new bridge, catchment works, and police resources when the lahar could easily be prevented, shows just how much it is prepared to bill the taxpayer for political correctness.”


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