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,”
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
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.