There’s no mystery, he was an arsehole and refused to work with new councillors

The HB Today thinks it is a mystery as to why the CE of HBRIC has resigned in a huff.

Mystery surrounds the resignation of the man driving the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

Yesterday it was announced the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company chairman Dr Andy Pearce had stepped down.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC), is the investment arm of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, and has been driving the controversial Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS).

Dr Pearce had chaired the company since its formation in 2012. He was unable to be reached for comment yesterday.

In a statement on behalf of HBRIC, Dr Pearce was said to have been a driving force behind its strategy to grow the Hawke’s Bay economy.   
“The board of directors would like to acknowledge his significant contribution during his tenure.”

HBRIC chief executive Blair O’Keeffe said he had no further comment to make.

HBRIC’s work on the RWSS was criticised by some regional councillors over the past term. The recent local body election saw these councillors become the majority on council.

Yesterday Hawke’s Bay Regional council chairman Rex Graham – who has voiced concern on the scheme – thanked Dr Pearce for his contribution while he was in the chair.

When questioned if he asked Dr Pearce to step down, Mr Graham said “no comment”.

In other words, the guy is a prick, glad to see the back of him.

Andy Pearce lacked the foresight and low rat cunning of Andrew Newman who slides off into another cushy job with a locked in term. He is just like all bullies, convinced of his own faultlessness and brilliance, and like all bullies he ran a mile when smacked in the face.

 

– HB Today

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