Something fishy going on?


Tom Belford01 July 2020

MP Stuart Nash has a ‘fish story’ on his hands!

A leaked phone recording has Fisheries Minister Nash indicating that NZ First — specifically Winston Peters and Shayne Jones — blocked a proposal to put cameras on commercial fishing vessels to deter illegal fishing practices.

Nash discusses his strategy for a public review to eventually outflank NZ First’s opposition. Basic political manoeuvring — like it or not, that’s how policy sausage gets made.

Unfortunately, the strategy hasn’t yet yielded a catch — no review, no cameras.

The story was broken by Newshub, where the recording is played in this telecast. As the presenter says, you decide what’s going on here!


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Some will view this as a classic case of ‘money and politics’, given the fishing industry’s historic support for NZ First (as incompletely tallied in the NewsHub report).

But what’s more important in the bigger picture than NZ First politicians’ motives is that the episode illustrates one more reason why September should deliver an election result that liberates a Labour/Green coalition from the anti-environment anchor that NZ First represents.

As for MP Nash, the lesson is — be careful who you discusses sausage-making with!


Tom Belford01 July 2020

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