Poll results confirm that the vast majority of New Zealanders aren't interested in buying shares in assets that they already own, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman has said
The poll results broadcast this week on TV3 show that only 17% of people want to buy shares in the publicly-owned energy companies that National is planning to sell. Over three times as many people, 57%, say they do not want to pay to buy shares that already belong to them.
"If the sales go ahead, money that the Government has borrowed to fund tax cuts for the rich will be used by the rich to buy up shares in our energy companies.
"For most Kiwis, that just spells more government debt and the loss of strategic public assets.
"The fact that the vast majority of New Zealanders either don't want to, or can't afford to, invest their money in John Key's asset sell-off is another reason to drop this ideologically-driven policy," said Dr Norman.
Meanwhile the process slows while the Waitangi Tribunal seeks a halt in proceedings and the waters that lie ahead on that issue make the waters of the Mighty Waikato look placid indeed.