New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan braved the rain at Red Square in Tauranga today collecting signatures for the ‘Save Our Assets’ petition.
The petition is supported by various groups including Grey Power, Labour Party and New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, who are opposing National’s plan to partially sell Government-owned assets and help get New Zealand back to surplus by 2014/15.
Cara Bright signs the petition today in Red Square.
Brendan says if they can get 310,000 people to sign the petition a referendum will held asking people if they support the sale of up to 49 per cent of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand.
“It’s time for New Zealanders to draw a line in the sand and tell this Government that our country, our future and our children’s future is not for sale.”
Brendan says he believes Bay of Plenty residents understand what asset sales will mean for the country as a whole and many of them are against the idea.
“I haven’t found anyone who hasn’t wanted to sign yet.”
Brendan did not say what the Government could do to save money if asset sales didn’t go ahead.
To find out why Brendan is opposed to asset sales and how you may be affected if they continue, watch SunLive’s video interview with the MP.
To see residents’ opinions on asset sales see SunLive’s voxpop below.