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ATTICA Otaki Candidate Michael Kay expresses his idea of what he has planned and what he will be doing for the Otaki Electorate at a Waikanae Grey Power meeting.
“The country is looking for a place to root wool and to restart the food and fibre industry, fibre was our petrodollar from 1937 to about 1967 we were one of the richest countries in the world based on the price of wool. Our wool needs restarting, and we don’t want these other fake fibres, we want these natural fibres,” said Michael.
Following ATTICA’s Productive Wetlands policy, the plan, especially for the Otaki area right now is to improve the ‘productive focus’ on wetlands bringing back the flax export industry and wool industry in New Zealand.
“We are about to build a large wetland down here and one in Levin, and it will have flax in it, let’s make it a productive wetland and let’s harvest that flax and turn that flax into linens. These shopping bags that we are carrying around should be linen bags or flax knittings,” said Michael.
Michael believes that the doors for 1080 should be closed. New doors should be opened for jobs in the wool industry — “we could be in our area, an innovative part that markets that this is where fashion design is and that sort of thing and the innovative people start saying about the fabrics in Levin and Otaki, that’s where we’d process it, and we process all the natural fibres and become the natural fibre hub in New Zealand.”
The opportunity of productive wetlands is to stop treating things like pollution and treat pollution as a nutrient and grow from it.
Michael Kay estimates that around 20,000 jobs could be done in the Otaki Electorate alone from the shift to a natural fibre hub and productive wetlands. From opportunities in growing, processing, manufacturing, sustainable fashion design, interior design and local fibres for the arts and building community.
With additional job opportunity in developing innovative, smart fibres and organic dyes, to research into growing a variety natural fibres – from NZ flax, flax, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool and ethical fur.
Michael believes this could reimagine our wool industry, help preserve traditional Maori practices of weaving and NZ’s unique species of flax’s and open up ethical, natural fibre and fashion as a sustainable boom industry for New Zealand.
Accordingly, there’s a project already funded in the Otaki region regarding Lake Horowhenua, which is the most toxic lake in the southern hemisphere. Michael Kay believes there’s too much money being spent on the recovery of the lake, including too many ‘silly ideas’ when the right idea is right in front of them.
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