Speech from the Throne

Water Bottling

“Commercial users who profit from bottling water and exporting it overseas will pay a royalty.”

Failed to deliver.

Hasn’t been raised for many months because despite its populist appeal the Government hasn’t been able to find a credible way to introduce one without trampling all over trade and other agreements with countries New Zealand does business with. On 19 November David Parker finally said in a statement “Responding to concerns about overseas investment in water bottling, the Government will also require consideration of the impact on water quality and sustainability of a water bottling enterprise, when assessing an investment in sensitive land.”

This might be addressing water bottling in a roundabout way, but it’s got nothing to do with what this Government promised to deliver.

Source: beehive.govt.nz