Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 38, Number 25. 2nd October 1975
Places we will be visiting
Places we will be visiting
The Lower North Island Resistance Ride will be visiting two foreign owned meatworks in Palmerston North and Masterton as well as Fords and General Motors in Lower Hutt and will attempt to assess how the incidence of foreign ownership affects the workers in these places. Strong criticism has been levelled at the foreign owned home appliances industry in Masterton which the Ride will also visit. Exploitation of South African blacks will be a subject incorporated into our visit to Corbans in Hastings. Corbans is related to Rembrandt/Rothmans of white South African notoriety. A Japanese owned pulp mill will also be a target in Hawkes Bay. Ivan Watkins Dow of New Plymouth (a subsidiary of the huge US chemicals company, Dow Chemicals) also enjoys a notoriety that the Ride will be drawing attention to. Dow Chemicals manufactured napalm for use in Vietnam and Ivan Watkins Dow is known in New Zealand for its manufacture of the birth deforming poison 245-T. Examples of the foreign exploitation of lower North Island resources that the ride will be visiting are the Waipipi iron sands near Waverley, and Maui and Kapuni gas. The Ride will also visit the Turoa Skifields development which is taking place under a 50% local/50% foreign ownership. Just as the Maori people are rightfully concerned at the loss of their land to Pakeha exploiters so should the New Zealand people concern themselves with the protection of their land against foreign acquisition. Two large tracts of North Island farmland that have been sold recently to two respective American millionaires will be visited. These are the 6,000 acre tract of land called Koiro Farms Ltd near Taumaranui, and the 20,000 acre block El Rancho Poronui off the Napier-Taupo highway.
The Resistance Ride will start on Wednesday morning, January 21st, and will leave from the US Embassy. Here Resistance Riders will gather to protest at the unscrupulous nature of international capitalism which has been exemplified by the activities of the US in Vietnam over the last decade. On Tuesday, January 20th, a full day will be spent in Wellington picketing New Zealand's SIS and leafletting downtown Wellington on the subject of foreign ownership of finance companies. New Zealand's SIS is known to be an operative arm of America's CIA who in turn serve to protect American economic interests throughout the world.
New Zealand must be developed by New Zealanders. The total wealth created by New Zealand workers must accrue back to those workers and not into the pockets of a minority of foreign millionaire capitalists.
The Lower North Island Resistance Ride will take place over two weeks and will be both an 'educational tour' and a publicity exercise. We will be camping out as much as possible. If you cannot come on the Ride CAFCINZ would welcome any donations that will help make this Resistance Ride as much a success as the last. See you in January.