The long saga that worsened this week, when Rio Tinto, the main shareholder of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd, which operates the cottage, reached an agreement with the state Meridian Energy, owner of the Manapouri plant. Rio Tinto wanted to renegotiate the terms of its agreement and reiterated that the agreement was too strict. He was talking about leaving. In 1960, the government and Comalco reached an agreement for the construction of a hut and a hydroelectric power plant. In exchange, Comalco would enjoy exclusive rights to the waters of Lake Manapouri for 99 years. But Comalco never built the cabin; He said he couldn`t afford it. In 1963, the government closed the gap and agreed to build the plant and sell electricity to Comalco at sharply discounted prices that were never disclosed. In 1955, a geologist working for Consolidated Zinc Proprietary Ltd (ConZinc) identified a commercial bauxite deposit in Australia on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The company looked at the sources of large amounts of cheap electricity needed to reduce the alumina produced from bauxite in aluminum. In 1960, ConZinc reached an agreement with the government to build a hut and power plant using the hydroelectric capacity of Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau.
In 1963, ConZinc decided not to build the plant and, as a result of this decision, the government decided to build it, producing electricity for the first time in 1969. The construction of the Manapouri power plant has sparked controversy due to its impact on the environment, with more than 264,000 New Zealanders signing the Save Manapouri petition. After secret discussions in the late 1950s between the then Labor government and Consolidated Zinc Proprietary Ltd (Australia), an agreement was signed in 1960 for the electrical potentials of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to be developed exclusively for the benefit of an aluminum smelting industry to be founded in Bluff. Consolidated Zinc has obtained a 99-year right to use water from Te Anua and De Manapouri to generate electricity. They should build, operate and maintain the necessary production facilities, damnation, etc. Objections were immediately raised by the Forest and Bird Society, which petitioned Parliament for 24,000 signatures in 1960. The entire Comalco facility is a burden on the people of New Zealand. There is widespread resistance. To draw attention to this situation, the Campaign Against Foreign Control of New Zealand (CAFCINZ) is organising a demonstration at the chalet for the weekend of 31 July and 1 August. Buses are at least taken by Christchurch and Dunedin. The cost on this date should not exceed $20 for the weekend (from Christ Church).
All requests from those interested in leaving and those wishing to support the event should be sent to P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. A $5 deposit now ensures a seat on one of the buses…