Hawke’s Bay

Ways the Dodgy Socialist Dam could be ended

Fenton Wilson reckons his dam juggernaut can’t be stopped despite a change in the council now favouring anti-dam supporters.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson was today reserving judgment on the possibility the election results could can plans for the Ruataniwha water storage dam in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Looking likely to have been re-elected to Wairoa’s sole seat on the council, with a 198-vote preliminary result majority over single challenger Dean Whaanga, Mr Fenton also faces a possible challenge to the chairmanship in a council observers say has dam opponents now holding the balance of power, most notably with the election of Green Party strategist Paul Bailey as one of three representing Napier.

Learning election results while attending a family birthday gathering near Hastings, Mr Wilson, said talk of a reversal of the decisions for the dam to go ahead at a cost of more than $270 million was “cheap.”

“Unravelling decision of Council made over six years doesn’t happen overnight,” he said. “It’s possible, but improbable. I’ll reserve my judgement.”

Likewise he wasn’t jumping to conclusions about the final election result, reflecting on how at the last election the Council lost some of its veterans between the declarations of a preliminary result and the eventual outcome.

“I’ll roll with the punches at this stage,” he said.

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With the dodgy socialist dam feedlot contamination will only increase


A reader comments:

If the Ruataniwha dam goes ahead the intensive shingle feedlots, that are by the way not subject to consents, will increase and pollute even more. Interesting that some of the worst offenders are in the recently added Zone M which includes the Papanui catchment – that feeds into the Tuki Tuki river along with Otane Waipawa & Waipukurau wastewater & sewage treatment plant discharges.

Our reader makes good points. The Tukituki already is at maximum headroom for nutrient load and frequently goes over it because of poorly designed wastewater treatment plants at Otane, Waipawa and Waipukurau. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is supposed to be the regulator yet in ten years have done precisely nothing, until recently, about this problem. The reason they have had to act now is because of the headroom issue and the need for the Ruataniwha dam to be consented when it will increase the nutrient load. The problem arises when the promotor of the dam is also the regulator and a poor regulator at that. If the elections return another pro-dam council then resident can kiss the Tukituki goodbye.    Read more »

Nashy mans up in amalgamation debate

Stuart Nash has come good in a heated debate around council amalgamation in Hawkes Bay.

Public outbursts by Napier MP and amalgamation opponent Stuart Nash have been criticised by pro-amalgamation advocates who have accused him of personal attacks.

In response, Mr Nash said members of pro-amalgamation group A Better Hawke’s Bay (ABHB) need to “harden up”.

They definitely should harden up.

And he forgot to say harden the fuck up.

The public mud-slinging has spilled on to this newspaper’s online discussion forum.

In response to a Talking Point article by A Better Hawke’s Bay chairman Rebecca Turner on Hawke’s Bay Today’s website, Mr Nash posted the following comment:

“I have never read such an absolute load of rubbish in this paper before. There is no way amalgamation will be good for the Bay in any way shape or form. One voice is Wgtn – what a load of bollocks.

“As someone who works there, 5 voices are better than one any day. If amalgamation occurs (and I doubt it will) I predict deamalgamation in 5 years as not one of the so-called ‘promises’ made by ABHB will be realised at all. In fact, quite the opposite.”    Read more »

I am not using the word Feral



The grim bumper sticker on the wrecked car from a crash that killed back-seat passenger Jesse Uncles, 21, on August 8 near Clive.-Stuff It quotes Paul Walker who was killed in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives

I am not going to use the word Feral to describe what happened in the below news story. The words I will use are these…

  • Waste of life
  • Tragedy
  • Why?
  • Death is not a joke
  • shocked
  • Stupidity of youth
  • suffering
  • risk taking
  • danger

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Is this New Zealand’s Silliest Political Sign Ever?

Hawkes Bay seems to be blessed with some truly halfwitted politicians, starting with Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson, continuing with Napier Mayor Bill Dalton who has managed two nominations for New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending for the Art Deco Buses and the Museum that is too small to house the entire collection and has visitor numbers running at about 2% of projections.

Then there is Local Government New Zealand chairman and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule who built a massive effluent tank without a roof.


So it is little surprise that the pro amalgamation campaign people have come up with this cracker of a sign.


Photo/ via tipline

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Idiot Nat MP should put his money where his mouth is

When politicians gob off in opinion pieces with local newspapers they really need to be struck about the head with a length of 2×4.

Alistair Scott has written expressing his support for the Ruataniwha Dam.

He is a rich man, will he invest in the dam, if not why not?

One of the major issues facing the Hawke’s Bay at the moment is the future of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS). As many people are probably aware the RWSS has faced some major hurdles recently and its future is not yet certain. There are currently four challenges to be completed in order for the RWSS to proceed. If they succeed, the RWSS will improve economic and environmental security for the Hawke’s Bay.

The biggest hurdle is the Board of Inquiry and then the High Court have found that contrary to claims by promotors the dam will actually turn the Tukituki river toxic. When I say toxic, you won;t be able to let the water touch your bare skin…it will be wader only.

The construction of the RWSS is expected to increase employment in the Hawke’s Bay by 3.5 per cent and GDP by 4 per cent.

Secondly, farmers must agree to take up at least 40 million cu m of water by the financial close.

Two problems there…it is temporary employment and there is no way anyone can guarantee that let alone a politician. The second problem is that no farmers will sign up for water. Alistair Scott is wealthy, he should look at the prospectus then tell us why he will invest or not.   Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Dam proposal is actually illegal

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Radio NZ reports:

Consent applications for the $600 million irrigation scheme spearheaded by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are still before a board of inquiry.

Under the proposal, 22 hectares of land in the Ruahine Forest Park would have its protection status removed so it can be flooded as part of the 450 hectare water storage lake.

But Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell said the Conservation Act did not allow for disposal or exchange of protected land.

He said plans to set aside another section of land for conservation purposes also conflicted with the Conservation Act and the proposal was a long shot.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council can’t win a trick.

I bet Forest and Bird have sat on this for ages and just waited until the fools at HBRC made a dumb play, then BOOM they nail them with this.

The proposal has been a dog from the start. The proponents haven’t had nearly enough information to stand their ground, have lost in every court action, got rinsed in the Board of Inquiry and yet stupidly press ahead with even this latest land-mine unresolved.

It is high time Fenton ‘Jong-un’ Wilson fell on his sword along with the paid council staffers who have pushed this dodgy socialist dam along at great expense for no discernible benefit to the ratepayers.


– Radio NZ

Dodgy Socialist Dam Pushes out Deadline

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The dodgy socialist dam in Hawkes Bay was supposed to have a financial close of 31st of March. By then it was supposed to have signed up all the water users it needed to, but it hasn’t, not even getting half the water it needs signed up.

The report also reveals HBRIC has again pushed out the expected “financial close” date for the project – its self-imposed deadline for finalising a construction contract, reaching its farmer sign-up target and securing corporate and government funding – which was March 31 but is now June 30.

Unfortunately for the promoters they have not even got half the water signed up.   Read more »

Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson is Dreamin’

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The dodgy socialist dam has apparently got backers according to Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson.

A potential corporate investor is lined up to undertake due diligence once resource consent issues related to the Ruataniwha dam are finalised, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s chairman says.

Fenton Wilson told a Grey Power meeting in Napier yesterday that the farming community in Central Hawke’s Bay “aren’t ready to sign up en masse” to the take water from the irrigation scheme until a board of inquiry finishes re-working consents for an associated environmental plan change.

“Some have and some are poised ready to go but they want to understand how that [plan change] would work,” he said.

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What is Lawrence Yule Playing At?

Local Government NZ Chairman Lawrence Yule went on the bludge trying to get government to give Local Government new ways of raising revenue.

He got soundly thumped by the Prime Minister who is politically astute enough to realise that voters are seriously pissed off with the never ending rates rises councils impose on them.

When you start following the news in Hastings, where Yule is mayor, you start to understand why he needs more revenue. First up he spent millions on the Opera House, when everyone knows the NZ public don’t want to see the opera. Unfortunately for Lawrence he didn’t work out that the Opera House was not up to earthquake specs, so it is now closed with ugly fences around it preventing entry.

Sources in the Hawkes Bay property industry say that fixing the Opera House is going to cost between $5 and $10m that the ratepayers of Hastings don’t really have. So I wonder why Yule is hell bent on building another vanity project, the Civic Square, pissing away another $7m of ratepayers money on something that no one really wants.

Typical of local government ratbags Yule is excluding the public on decisions about the civic square, and some of his councillors are up in arms about it.

Hastings District Council has been accused of “playing secret squirrel” with ratepayers’ money after a meeting about a planned Civic Square upgrade was held behind closed doors.

Councillor Simon Nixon said he was opposed to the public being excluded from yesterday’s council meeting.    Read more »