So far, Cristcthurch City Council’s plan to sell a part share in the Lyttelton Port Company to a subsidiary Hutchison-Whampoa has not gone smoothly.
So far, several letters to the editor and blog posts have revealed Hutchison’s links to the Chinese Government and Peoples Liberation Army.
Otago Port Company has swooped on Lyttelton Port Company shares, taking a 10% stake and at least temporarily blocking the sale.
Investigate magazine has published an extensive article on H-W’s links to China and the PLA, emphasising the negative securiy implications.
Keep Our Ports Private has been founded. This is a coalition of leftist groups and port unions opposing the sale on sovereignty and SECURITY grounds.
In this morning’s Press, National deputy leader, Gerry Brownlee questioned the proposed deal over concerns about the secrecy surrounding it.
From what I gather, support for the deal is far from unanimous inside council.
Give it up Gary, You’re on hiding to nothing.