Hawke’s Bay

When will the Dodgy Socialist Dam Fall Over?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Regular readers will know that I loathe socialism, and especially loathe corporate welfare.

I also loathe local government giving anyone the right to turn our waterways toxic. So it is a good day when we hear that an extremely dodgy corporate welfare project is looking likely to fail.

The halfwits at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have been promoting a massive irrigation scheme in Central Hawkes Bay, despite being repeatedly warned that it was not environmentally sound and was not economically viable.

These points now seem to be coming home to roost.

Backers of the Hawke’s Bay irrigation scheme have until March 31 to show they have the necessary consents, investment and demand before construction begins.

But Friday’s High Court decision, in favour of Fish & Game and other appellants, has complicated matters because it has sent a crucial part of the resource consent back to a board of inquiry for consideration.

The board needs to reconvene and take submissions from both sides. No date is set for this to occur, and it is uncertain how long it would take or what process it would follow. If the investment company behind the scheme is forced to extend the financial closing date beyond the end of March, it would face additional costs of about $250,000 a month.

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Socialist Ratbag Should Put his own money in his dodgy Dam

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson of the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is so wedded to his socialist dam he has written a snarky and unpleasant attack on a fellow councillor.

As chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) I was interested to read my fellow Councillor Peter Beaven’s Talking Point on Monday where he still seems confused about the realities of the Ruataniwha proposal.

Well Chairman “Jong-Un” Wilson, maybe he is confused but he is not as confused and deluded as a man who has promoted an extremely dodgy dam using science whose proponent admitted was not fit for purpose in a Board of Inquiry.

And he is probably not as confused as a man who has refused to listen to alternative views saying that turning the Tukituki Toxic is not permissible in law.  Read more »

More problems for the dodgy socialist dam

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson has been effective at suppressing dissent about his dodgy socialist dam for years. His problem came when the Board of Inquiry was formed and the extremely dodgy Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was told “You are not allowed to turn the Tukituki River Toxic”.

The council tried to fudge this by convincing the Board of Inquiry that it should be allowed to make a very late submission that other parties could not submit on, and allow 615 farms not to have to manage nitrogen leeching. This “factual fiction” has been overturned by the High Court, who have awarded costs to the appellants.

The big problem for the Dodgy Socialist Dam is the timeline.

They set a timeline of the end of March 2015 for farmers to sign up for the water from the scheme.

A High Court decision sending Hawke’s Bay’s Ruataniwha Water Storage Dam back to a Board of Inquiry is expected to create another delay, and another hit to the soaring cost of the project.   Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Dam Gets it in the Arse

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Regular readers will know I am a staunch opponent of bludgers or corporate welfare, and of ruining our rivers with pollution.

These two pet hates come together in the dodgy socialist dam being promoted by the extremely dodgy Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

The dodgy dam and the even dodgier Hawke’s Bay Regional Council got a big kick in the arse today with the High Court finding in favour of Fish and Game on all 12 points of law, and awarding costs.

A High Court judge has ordered the board of inquiry for New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme, the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in Hawke’s Bay, back to the drawing board on the out-clause it created to allow 615 larger farms to dodge a stringent new water quality rule relating to nitrogen leaching into waterways.

The decision is a significant win for the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, the Hawke’s Bay and Eastern Fish and Game Councils and the Environmental Defence Society, all of which appealed elements of the board’s decision to exempt all farms larger than four hectares from having to comply with its finding that levels of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) in the Tukituki River, downstream from the proposed Ruataniwha dam, should be less than 0.8 milligrams per litre.    Read more »

Hawkes Bay ferals


KFC is generally stereotyped as the dining experience of choice for those who can least afford it, and this story isn’t helping their image.

A Hastings woman has been referred to Child, Youth and Family after leaving her 6-month-old baby on the floor of a KFC restaurant yesterday. Read more »

Is Bill Dalton the new Andrew Williams?

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton has been nominated for our silliest local government spending competition for his breathtaking incompetence in overseeing the Art Deco Buses and MTG.

These disasters cost the Napier ratepayer vast amounts of money, and highlighted why the hopeless Napier City Council needs to be amalgamated.

Word on the street in Napier is that if you want to be entertained late at night start reading Mayor Bill’s juniper berry aided blog posts. He manages to offend just about everyone possible, making some claims that highlight the need for a recall function in local government.

This week, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton called a fellow mayor silly and irresponsible, told the Government it was disconnected from the provinces, accused the Local Government Commission of lacking empathy and said Auckland was a shambles.

“Diplomacy has never been my strong suit,” Mr Dalton said yesterday when asked about the string of barbs dished out through two blog posts attacking supporters of amalgamation.

“I simply see things as they are. I tell them like they are and I’m always honest.”

His claim that his Hastings counterpart, Lawrence Yule, was “silly and irresponsible” was in response to Mr Yule accusing Mr Dalton’s council of being anti-growth and anti-change. Read more »

Hawkes Bay Regional Council only invites people who agree with them over dodgy socialist dam

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 their 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.

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Dodgy Socialist Dam Slammed in Farmer Magazine


Regular readers will know that the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council, lead by Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson, have been promoting a dodgy socialist dam in Hawkes Bay.

These ratbags want the taxpayers of New Zealand and the ratepayers of Hawkes Bay to fund a dam that will make money for 150 farmers and cost the rest of us.

Now an eminent economist and former Head of Dairy Policy at the Ministry of Agriculture has pointed out exactly how dodgy the socialist dam is. The whole article is worth reading, but for those short on time there are some absolute cracker quotes

Fraser said the paper sought to find out if lessons from the “unmitigated disaster” that was the Clyde High Dam on the Clutha River applied to the Ruataniwha Proposal, and what those lessons were, and had they been heeded. The paper said the arguments presented in support of the Ruataniwha scheme were “eerily familiar” to those put forward for the Clyde Dam.


“The notion that the Ruataniwha scheme was a regional, let alone, national game changer, was “illusionary” given the economic evaluations commissioned by the regional council’s own investment company showed the entire project had a net present value of minus $27m when discounted at the public sector discount rate of 8% over 35 years”

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New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

The dodgy socialist ratbags in Hawkes Bay want to use ratepayer and tax payer money to build their dodgy socialist dam.

This is getting out of hand, with two deals that don’t really pass the smell test coming through the tip line.

The first deal is the Central Hawkes Bay District Council lead by Mayor Peter Butler is deciding to spend an awful lot of money to replace the town water supplies in Otane, Waipawa, Waipukarau and Takapau from the dodgy socialist dam.


CHB Urban Water Supply From Ruataniwha Scheme

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council today decided that it would source its urban water supply from the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme once it is in operation.

The resolution from Central Hawke’s Bay District Council today is “Council agree to take water from the RWSS for Municipal Supply subject to favourable contract terms.”

Currently the District Council takes water directly from the Tukituki River to supply households and commercial enterprises in Waipukurau, Waipawa, Takapau and Otane.    Read more »

Jobs, jobs, jobs

A member of the Ground Crew reports in:


I was driving back from Hawkes Bay today and saw this on the Takapau Plains. Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant seem desperate for people to work.

Central Hawkes Bay would be as cheap as chips to live in with low rents.

Buying a house might even be affordable for the dear souls in AKL. Even Petrol ($2.09.9 verses $2.23.9 in WLG) is cheaper.   Read more »