Only two things are infinite: the universe and government corruption
Posted by te2ataria on June 16, 2016
Foreword: As the UK voters line up for BREXIT (vote on EU membership), could NZ also hold a referendum on NOT to elect politicians like John Key and his gang whose allegiances are, at best, questionable?
Sent by a reader in Asbestos City
Cheapjack Chinese train makers repeatedly told “no asbestos”
“Chinese manufacturers were repeatedly told there should be no asbestos in trains they were manufacturing for KiwiRail, new information confirms”, according to a report.
Regardless, 40 of the 48 locomotives made for KiwiRail were contaminated and had to be taken out of service when asbestos was discovered; the have still not been completely cleaned up more than five years later.
A backroom deal by the PM over the purchase of KiwiRail locomotives is coming back to haunt the government, says New Zealand First.
“The PM and Minister Steven Joyce have some explaining to do. Why did the KiwiRail tender for the locos get re-opened when they visited China,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“There were already four companies shortlisted, none from China. The PM’s intervention wreaked of a backroom deal done on that trip. He meddled in the market with no concern for KiwiRail.
“Despite this sweet deal the Chinese makers did not comply with KiwiRail’s instructions and delivered dangerous goods.
“This is the price of doing favours and rushing in to sign up for cheaper foreign products.
“We are being landed with substandard rubbish – right now we are paying the price for importing shoddy steel and poor plumbing products.
“Buying New Zealand made, if possible, should be the mantra. When local firms win contracts there is a substantial spin-off to other businesses and communities.
“Economically, we will be a better country feeding our own supply chain.”
Union worried about 25-year warranty
The union said even the Chinese workers might have been exploited, as KiwiRail decided to use them without finding out how much they would be paid and without even caring about the matter one way or another.
“If a company funded by the taxpayer will not create jobs for New Zealanders, who will?” the general secretary of the union, Wayne Butson asked.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is trusting Steel and Tube to investigate itself [gimme a break!], after the company imported 1600 tonnes of substandard steel for the Huntly bypass.
- KiwiRail misused taxpayer funds – union
- Chinese worker exploitation claims to be heard by ERA
- KiwiRail’s $12 million asbestos bill
Other News in Drips…
Meth arrests: Fisherman who went to police with information scared for his life
Christchurch tenant housing more than 20 backpackers in five rooms
A reader is asking Christchurch City Council whether the tenants are backpackers or the homeless.
Truth about the daily road carnage would hurt New Zealand’s $10 billion tourism industry…
The NZ TOURISTS or truth? Campaign (police censorship of road fatalities) continues…
Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 4153 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016
- No of road fatalities recorded by Minitru as of June 10: 154
- No of road fatalities recorded by Minitru as of June 16: 156