TWM  DROUGHT & POWER CRISIS  NZ,  2001

Marlborough Dist. Council | Ministry of Energy
 
SUMMARY
Communications with various organizations | institutions confirmed entrenched cultural bias, inertia, procrastination and denial. Such negative attitudes merely served to prolong the drought and increase costs to farmers, electricity consumers and government.

The relevant authorities were contacted in March. However, not everyone was in favour of WM. The lessons of 1997-98 were ignored and the existing situation was exacerbated with a power crisis (July | Aug) making its contribution. See correspondence with the Minister of Energy, Hon. Pete Hodgson.

Current and past WM activities have already made a significant negative economic impact. Whether this becomes an on-going trend will depend on Pakeha attitudes to Indigenous WM.

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Negative attitudes engender negative consequences
Estimated drought cost to May 2001:  $ 530 Million.
Cost to December 2001:  $ 1 Billion plus.
A good "return" on an investment of less than $1,000.

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