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Anderton Still With Much To Answer

Anderton Still With Much To Answer

New Zealand First fisheries spokesperson Pita Paraone is disappointed with Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton’s comments singling out Maori commercial fishing companies as ‘plundering’ fish stocks and this situation has been exasperated by his failure to adequately answer questions in Parliament yesterday afternoon.

“Jim Anderton’s comments were deeply offensive to many and his failure to apologise or even address simple questions in Parliament yesterday acted to rub salt into the wounds of those he offended,” said Mr Paraone.

“In particular, his nonchalant answer that he does not think that the ‘fishing industry will die wondering about my muse on this matter’ when I asked if Maori commercial fishery interests were consulted about his concerns of ‘plundering’ fish stocks before he made his offensive comments, strikes me as quite aloof.

“He should realise that to be a competent Minister of Fisheries he cannot ignore Maori and if he wants their support he has to get alongside and not just adopt a ‘my door is always open’ attitude.

“Nor can he merely in retrospect say that other fishers are just as guilty. The fact remains that he singled out Maori and he should withdraw and apologise for his comments if he has any hope of being accepted as a Minister by a large chunk of the fishing industry,” said Mr Paraone.


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