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"Take Back Our Lines, Take Back Our Lives!"

"Take Back Our Lines, Take Back Our Lives!"

Ruapehu District Council mayoral candidate Dakta Green

Dakta Green has taken up the cause of the Ruapehu District people against The Lines Company. "We as a community must stand up to the rapacious and monopolistic Lines Company which has been holding the local people to ransom," Dakta said. "The Lines Company's pricing policies are strangling our district's economy to the point of oblivion."

As mayor, Dakta Green will appoint a mayoral commission of inquiry into the socio-economic impact of The Lines Company policies on the Ruapehu community. "The inquiry will allow residents and ratepayers the opportunity to present evidence supporting our district's demand that the lines be returned to our control."

After 42 years, Dakta Green returned to the Ruapehu District and was saddened to find the population of his childhood home town, Taumarunui, had halved in his absence. Empty shops, abandoned homes and a general sense of decay in the community showed a rural economy in serious trouble. Dakta Green has acquired a large commercial property in Taumarunui on behalf of a non profit. He, like so many other people in this community soon found himself embroiled in an altercation with The Lines Company. The answer became clear, the major impediment to economic growth in our district is the suffocating grip of our 'evil overlord,' The Lines Company. In many cases the families in our district have to make a choice between electricity supply and food on the table, that is not a choice that anybody should be forced to make in a civilised society such as ours.

Dakta Green is well known for his campaign to re-legalise Cannabis. In 2009 he changed his name by deed poll, before this he was known as Ken Morgan and he campaigned for a variety of issues, beginning as chairman of the succcessful campaign for Saturday trading. In 1986 he launched New Zealand's first casino. It was built on a ship which sailed in international waters, changing the way government viewed casinos.

Dakta Green continues to protest against cannabis laws prohibiting the use of cannabis as a medicine or for recreational purposes and objects to the onerous regulations applying to the cultivation of hemp. Dakta is currently involved in turning the old AFFCO freezing works in Taumarunui into a green, alternative energy cafe and education centre about cannabis and hemp, called the Daktory, and plans are being prepared for a national processing centre for industrial hemp.

As a long standing, successful campaigner on a number of issues, Dakta Green said today "I am the right person to lead this community in our campaign to take back our lines."

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