Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Mayor Wallace – Cheerleader for the tobacco industry?

Mayor Wallace – Cheerleader for the tobacco industry?

The Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace appears to be playing the dutiful politician as he cuts the ribbon to open Imperial Tobacco’s upgraded factory in Petone. The Mayor is almost verging on being a cheerleader for a global company that contributes to hundreds of deaths each year in New Zealand and plans to directly export its product offshore.

“It is unbelievably naive for anyone in local government, let alone a Mayor, to be putting an industry that knowingly kills for a profit into a category that dismisses the harsh reality of a product that has been purposely designed to addict and kill its users as intended by that manufacturer. It is not a cuddly toy for goodness sake.” states public health advocate Shane Bradbrook – Director of Te Ao Hurihuri.

Two things stand out with comments made by the good Mayor to the media. Firstly that such a factory is a real economic bonus for the Hutt Valley and secondly that smoking is merely a personal choice.

“Sure there are jobs created but keep in mind that the tobacco industry kills more people than it has ever employed unless you count funeral services.” says Mr Bradbrook. “I’m sure the cigarettes being exported to Australian users will also help gravediggers there as well.”

Mayor Wallace commentary on smoking being a personal choice is also short on reality. This is a product that the maker aims to addict the end user with no regard to personal choice.

“Personal choice is diminished soon after one starts to smoke. It is a product that is purposefully engineered to addict the user. Therein lays the critical difference when this personal choice argument is promulgated – it is an addiction not a choice. Talk to smokers that are trying to quit and they will tell you about the struggles they have had to exert some personal choice in battling this addiction.” continue Mr Bradbrook.

As New Zealand heads towards the Government goal of being a smokefree nation by 2025 it is somewhat incongruous to see a local Government politician supporting an industry that has done nothing of any positive benefit to the public and its customers. The sooner the sun sets on this industry the better.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% and the Act Party is on 6.3%. Conditions continue to look terminal for New Zealand First. Despite being a stubborn brake on government tax policy and winning a few policy gains of its own, NZF is registering only a 1.9% level of support... More>>


Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels