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A good decision by Air NZ

Air New Zealand has announced that they will be serving plant-based burgers on their Auckland-Los Angeles flights, a decision that has been criticized by Clutha-Southland MPs Hamish Walker and Mark Patterson.

For those that don’t know, a plant-based┬áburger is where the meat is made out of beans, although apparently, it tastes exactly like normal meat.

Walker and Patterson’s reasoning for their views are that “Air NZ has forgotten the importance of the red meat’s sector’s contribution to our well being and economy.”

Personally, I think this is a great step forward for Air NZ. Meat-free meat is much better for the environment, and as air travel is already a huge contributor to global warming, I think every little bit helps here.

Second, it’s really Air NZ’s choice here. They should get to decide what goes on their menu. And third, if customers don’t like, it, I assure you that real meat will be back on the menu.

So yeah. I think that this was a good decision from Air NZ.

Mark Patterson – Meet the Newbies

In episode six of Meet the Newbies, I talk to NZ First’s one south island based MP, Mark Patterson, a former farmer from the Clutha-Southland electorate, in this twelve minute interview. We talk about his switch from National to NZ First, how it feels being placed ahead of sitting MPs on the party list, and his conflicted opinions on what to do with the number of MPs in the house.

COMING UP ON MONDAY: I talk to the new baby of the house, 23 year old Chloe Swarbrick, and what her advice is to today’s youth.


New NZ First MP Mark Patterson