READER REPORT:

My vote: A National Greens conundrum

GODFREY BARKER
Last updated 07:00 17/04/2014

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While the ruling party and its alliance partners have done well with regard to economic matters as reflected in NZ having largely dodged economic woes felt by many other nations, they have neglected key environmental issues.

Funding of DOC has been slashed to the point where trampers on iconic walks such as the Routeburn are now asked to help keep DOC's admirable fight to conserve the declining reserves of native birds because the Government will not.

On a broader front, the continuing loosening of regulations on the operators of large freight trucks sees a ballooning of heavy trucks on our state highways, while tonnage conveyed by the more efficient and safer railways, drops.

Even the deaths of cyclists in Dunedin and Christchurch as a result of trucks running over them has failed to get the National party to question the Minister of Transport's love affair with roading and it appears many of Key's top men do not even believe there is a greenhouse gas fuelled climate change going on.

So while I voted National last time round, I am tending to give my party vote, if not both votes, to the Greens who seem the only viable alternative.

Now, if only a Green-National alliance was viable - that would keep the Nationals more honest.


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