One of Brownlee’s arguments against paying 100% rateable value on red zone sections was that they couldn’t afford it. The cost was estimated at $47 million. In comparison, Bill English found $30m to throw at Rio Tinto, a company which recorded a $4.2 billion profit for the year. Then they decided to give people interest-free loans on Meridian shares – estimated cost, $40 million. That doesn’t even factor in the costs of brokers, let alone the utility of all taxpayers owning these power companies.

Not only can this government hand out money to the rich willy nilly, but they have the nerve to imply that these people, being forced off their land, are ingrates. Drop the appeal now, Mr Brownlee, and show that you do have an ounce of humanity and humility.

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