“Frack Off” – Statement from MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira

Posted on November 28, 2012 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases

Yesterday the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a report titled “Evaluating the Environment Impacts of Fracking in New Zealand”.

Dr Wright highlighted a number of concerns about the practise of fracking including that current regulatory measures are inadequate.

Maori throughout the country have expressed major concerns about opening up our seas and land to oil companies.  Most, if not all of those concerns, are centred around fracking.

From Te Whanau a Apanui, to Ngai Tahu, to my neck of the woods in Nga Puhi, I have not heard one Maori say they support fracking.

The threat of contaminating underground water or even worse, causing earthquakes, is too great a risk for Maori and many Pakeha.

MANA support the Greens call for a moratorium on the practise and urges Dr Wright to tell the government and oil companies to “frack off!” until they can prove it is safe and the government gets its act together with proper regulation and monitoring.