Bad news out of Wellington today – Failed Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast named as EPA chair.
Wow – 180 degrees from reality that one.
What kind of protecting the environment allowed such a huge mushroom cloud of burn off smoke on the east side of Levin tonight that was blowing visible smoke to as far as Shannon? What kind of protecting the environment is allowing the towns and cities of New Zealand to continue to be polluted every winter by unnecessarily dirty domestic heating? What kind of protecting the environment allows 1100 New Zealanders to die due to wood smoke pollution every year?
As you get older you hope the world is just getting a little better. You hope there are less kids dying of malnutrition on the Indian subcontinent. You hope there is less child abuse in the Catholic Church. You hope for cleaner air. You hope for a smarter generation. You hope for less waste. And then there are just backward steps, like appointing a failed Wellington Mayor to a role she is not qualified to do. The role of chair of the EPA should go to a trained chemist or environmental scientist, not a midwife and failed local councillor.
The New Zealand National Party’s motto should be “Backwards, faster”. They can have that for free.
Toss the lot out in November. And Labour and Greens, promise us a different chair. Give us someone qualified.