The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is holding a public meeting next week, but they don;t want any dissenters, just approved speakers who will toe the party line in waxing lyrical about their dodgy dam.
They have banned one economic from speaking about the economics of the dam because he doesn’t agree with with theirÂ rubbish calculations.
An economist who questions the viability of the Ruataniwha Dam will not be invited to speak at a seminar for farmers considering signing up to take water from the irrigation scheme.
Irrigation New Zealand and Federated Farmers are running the seminar in Waipawa next Tuesday.
Irrigation NZ chief executive Andrew Curtis said he would “politely decline” a request from a long-time critic of the Ruataniwha water storage scheme, Transparent Hawke’s Bay, for economist Peter Fraser to be given an opportunity to speak at the event.
Mr Fraser, a Wellington-based consultant and former dairy issues adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, recently wrote a paper that concluded there was “no economic or commercial rationale to proceed with” the Ruataniwha scheme.
But the analysis Mr Fraser’s paper is based on has been rejected by Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) and others associated with the Ruataniwha project who say it relies on a number of incorrect assumptions.