The opposition and its supporters keep asking where are the jobs?
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has an answer:
The minister said jobs will be created in mining, and the only question is whether Northland wants to go on sending families to western Australia – or have them employed at home.
He said those objecting to mining in the north also bemoan high unemployment and poverty levels.
Mr Joyce said the challenge is to allow mining and create jobs in New Zealand, while still protecting the environment.
Mining brings benefits and it has costs, including the impact on the environment.
I can’t think of any benefits of unemployment but it has very high costs - financial, personal and social.
The resource consent process should ensure that costs of mining are minimised and mitigated and are therefore outweighed by the benefits which include employment opportunities.