Here’s our esteemed Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, on the Rena disaster:
Prime Minister John Key says a compensation package for businesses affected by a stricken ship off Tauranga may not be necessary if the problem is resolved by Christmas.
Sorry, Your Right Honourableness, Mr Key, but business needs time to plan.
What John Key is saying is that businesses in Tauranga will wait for over two months before the Government decides whether they get any Government assistance to deal with the ramifications of the Rena disaster. By which time it is far too late for them to make sensible business decisions. Businesses in Tauranga hoping to gear up for the summer season need to make decisions now. They need some guarantee of Government backing if everything turns to the brown smelly stuff.