STENCH OF PORK BARREL POLITICS IN ROTORUA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Responding to the Associate Minister of Tourism, Todd McClay’s comments on the opening of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Gravity Park, which received $225,000 of taxpayers’ money to develop, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:
“This is corporate welfare and pork-barrel politics in one. The local MP has thrown taxpayer money at a sexy venture in the name of economic development. Some could perceive this as a cynical attempt to sure up support in the Rotorua electorate.”
“Todd McClay is also Minister of Revenue and responsible for our tax system. He should be a steward of taxpayer money, not doling out nearly a quarter of a million dollars to a private firm that will reap the rewards."
"Visitors to Rotorua this election season may notice a distinct whiff of pork barrel politics.”
Though Mr McClay won his seat comfortably at the last election, he faces stiff competition this year from former TVNZ weatherman Tamati Coffey.