Prime Minister John Key has told Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes to "stick to the acting" over her stance on climate change. (1)
Never mind that Castle-Hughes is also an ambassador for Greenpeace's Sign On campaign, and just been to the Cook Islands to see what was happening. Even that she's a New Zealander with concerns. Stay in your pigeon hole, woman! Doubtless, John would have told Edmund Hilary to focus on climbing mountains, and Peter Blake on sailing boats.
The fundamental message from National? We don't care what you think, New Zealand, because National has other things on its mind, like protecting the very short term interests of the business sector. These people are are terrified of climate change as well, but for the opposite reasons to the rest of us - because trying to stop it before it is too late might be bad for business.
1 - As described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2009/07/bennettgate.html
2 - As described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2009/08/is-bill-english-new-winston-peters.html
3 - "PM tells Keisha: Stick to acting," by Claire Trevvett, published by The New Zealand Herald, 5th of August, 2009. (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10588731)