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Government in line for Roger Award

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016
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Six companies have been named as finalists for the worst transnational operating in New Zealand with Roger Award judges also having to decide whether the government can be considered an "accomplice" to them.

Bathurst Resources, Uber and Youi are new to the award nominations, which were revealed on Tuesday, while Coca Cola, IAG/State Insurance and Westpac have been nominated before.

The Roger Awards, established in 1997, are named after Sir Roger Douglas, the former Labour finance minister responsible for wide-reaching market reforms introduced in the 1980s.

The 2016 winner will be announced at an Auckland event in April next year.

"Bad luck to all the finalists and may the worst man win," said organiser Murray Horton, of the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa.

As well as the six finalists, there are two nominations for an "accomplice award"; food company Talley's for its partnership with Bathurst and the government "for its cheerleading role in championing the Trans Pacific Partnership".

It was a clever nomination for the government to be considered as corporation in its own right "which we will leave to the judges to rule on", Mr Horton said.

Roger Award finalists:

* Australian coal mining company Bathurst Resources for exploring coal mining in defiance of New Zealand's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases

* Coca Cola, for "persistently peddling high sugar drinks that can be addictive"

* IAG/State Insurance, the defending 2015 Roger Award winner, for "still making life hell for a significant number of Christchurch people"

* Ride share company Uber, for its method of not employing drivers, who have reported making as little as $8 an hour after Uber dropped its prices

* Westpac, for closing 19 rural branches

* South African insurance company Youi, which has pleaded guilty to using misleading sales practices when selling policies to people seeking quotes.

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