Environment Minister David Parker comes to the Hawke’s Bay lion’s den on Wednesday September 30th, hosted by Tukituki Labour candidate Anna Lorck.
The twosome will conduct a public meeting at 10:30 at St Georges Estate restaurant in Havelock North.
Mr Parker is the Labour minister many farmers and growers — mostly the backward-looking ones — find most offensive, as he is the principal architect and advocate of the Government’s sorely-needed freshwater reforms, and therefore their chief villain.
At the same time, many Greens regard Parker and Labour as too soft and timid on key aspects of water standards and climate policy.
So is he Labour’s environmental backbone, the archduke of regulatory excess, or a weak reed in need of Green bracing? And how does candidate Lorck size up on these matters?
If all camps show up at the Wednesday forum, it should be quite illuminating … and entertaining!
I’m looking forward to the occasion.