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First there was Waihi, now it’s time for Waitaha.

National’s List MP based in West Coast – Tasman Maureen Pugh believes following the Government’s about-turn on the expansion of the Waihi Gold Mine, it’s time to reverse the decision on the Waitaha Power Scheme in South Westland.

“It’s a low impact diversion of a small volume of the river into the power scheme tunnel which returns to the river 2.8 kilometres down stream.  I am calling for the decision to be overturned for the benefit of the region – it’s a game-changer for the Coast,” Mrs Pugh says. “Lower power prices will make investing in industries here much more attractive, will keep power accounts down and make us more self-sufficient.

“Eugenie Sage has repeatedly let her Green Party ideology get in the way of making sensible economic decisions – the decision to override her in the Waihi mine situation is a vote of no confidence in the Greens and shows how unstable the coalition really is,” she says.

Maureen Pugh says the Waihi decision shows that irrational decisions have been made by Minister Sage, and the outcomes are seriously eroding business confidence. “Now that the Waihi Mine expansion has been agreed to, Ms Sage must now remove her objections to the Waitaha hydro scheme and give this important project the green light” she says.

“The uncertainty caused by such stupid decisions such as the August stopping of Waitaha Scheme mean that the Prime Minister should step in as leader and take the Land Information portfolio off the Greens”.

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