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Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, National

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More for the Pa Enua : Budget
Democratic Party deputy leader William Heather is pushing for a waste incinerator at the Rarotonga landfill and was disappointed it was not mentioned in the 2022/23 budget. Photo: Caleb Fotheringham/22052402

The Opposition’s deputy leader wants to see more money invested into the Pa Enua, which he says will result in a financial return.

Democratic party member of Parliament William Heather said the money invested into the Pa Enua was not enough.

Heather said he wanted to see a return from the investment currently being put into the Pa Enua.

“There’s (appropriated) a million dollars for each island, some are over a million and a half, that is just a drop in the bucket, that money is gone, there’s no return so we are looking at avenues to get a return from it,” he said.

Heather said diversification was a main focus of the Opposition, it’s been brought up by multiple other Democratic MPs during the Budget debate on Tuesday.

He said the democratic party wanted to develop agriculture in the outer islands for export.

“We are going to look for a new boat that will bring all its products from our outer islands from Mangaia, Ma'uke, Atiu and Mitiaro.

“These are the islands we are looking at planting our veges, fruits also our livestock, we’re going to develop those islands.”

He said the Government was not looking at the whole picture and was just spending which was a concern.