Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Special Chinese Airline Deal – The Reasons Don't Stack Up

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

18 November 2012

Special Chinese Airline Deal – The Reasons Don't Stack Up

New Zealand First says the Government must explain why it has given China Southern Airlines (CSA) frequent flyer club members an exclusive Sky City gambler visa deal even though the airline holds less than 15 per cent of the market.

Latest Statistics New Zealand data shows that of the 186,768 Chinese nationals who came to New Zealand in the 12 months to September 2012, fewer than 24,000 arrived on CSA whose flights travel direct to this country exclusively from Guangzhou.

The data also revealed that the great majority of Chinese tourists – just over 100,000 – came via Australia.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government must come clean on why CSA’s frequent fliers are able to dodge visa checks and head directly to Auckland’s Sky City casino.

“The Government is kow-towing to the Chinese Communist Government-owned CSA by weakening our border security when the airline is only a bit-player in the market?

“It is already clear that Prime Minister John Key must have been involved in discussions with Sky City over the shonky extra pokie machines for convention centre deal.

“Mr Key, who is also the Tourism Minister, must also have had input into this outrageous gambler visa deal which sets a dangerous precedent for our border security. As minister it’s his job to know.

“Something sinister is going on here which warrants a full investigation.”

Mr Peters says there is evidence that CSA has been selling some return tickets to New Zealand from China for as low as $400. That puts paid to the wealthy high roller argument.

“Sky City and the Prime Minister have indicated that they are chasing high-roller Chinese gamblers but these cut-price airfares put an end to that theory.

“The dots that are John Key, Sky City, the pokies for convention centre backroom deal, and one airline from China are being connected.

“The picture being created is of sordid, exclusive backroom dealings which are unpalatable to ordinary New Zealanders.

“On 30 June 2013, the Anti-Money Laundering And Countering Financing Of Terrorism (AM CST) Act 2009 comes into effect, something this Government seems blissfully unaware of,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news