Years ago as a civil engineering student I worked one summer for the MOW, on the mighty Upper Waitaki power scheme. It was a fantastic scheme in its vision and well built by NZers.
It has been a vital cog in our economic growth for close to 30 years.
We are now in the situation where we desperately need more generation capacity as the natural cycles that constrain hydro generation come into play.
What have our leaders done in the last decade to ensure supply.
Well not much apparently, apart from pillage money from the electricity consumer and cross their fingers. They have spent our money recklessly to help ensure their own survival at the elections. Much better to have their pet social projects well funded than actually build anything useful.
They have put alot of unnecessary pressure on our long term prosperity by adopting a head in the sand mentality.
Where are the leaders with the vision to ensure that ensuring long term generation is a priority?
Nothing will lower our standard of living faster than a lack of electricity.