‘I am not an extremist’

Monday July 27, 2020 Written by Published in Local
A small group of protesters marched down the main street of Avarua on Saturday. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU /20072615 A small group of protesters marched down the main street of Avarua on Saturday. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU /20072615

A small group of protesters marched down the main street of Avarua this weekend, objecting to the impact of the To Tatou Vai water project on land rights.

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown had branded the landowners organising the protest as “extremists”.

But one of those landowners, Eric Short of Ngati Pa, Taikitumu, said yesterday that the chemically-treated water was “a done deal”.

“I am not an extremist,” he said. “But I don’t want to be forced to pay for chemicals in my water; to create chemical sludge that will potentially harm my environment; to require me to purchase a carbon filter to take the chlorine out.

“What about those of us who can’t afford to do this? The mamas and the papas on the pension? Those with a young family? Those with big families? And in Covid times, when income generation is at its lowest in years.

“I am a concerned citizen, exercising my rights to question the decision of the elected Government. So far, nothing the Government has said makes me feel heard or listened to.”

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  • Comment Link water is a chemical Sunday, 02 August 2020 15:53 posted by water is a chemical

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  • Comment Link I agree with everything Eric Short said. I don’t want chemical in our water. Tuesday, 28 July 2020 18:57 posted by I agree with everything Eric Short said. I don’t want chemical in our water.

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