Hawke’s Bay

Prosecute the polluting councils

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they'd rather be hunting

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they’d rather be hunting

Councils are supposed to uphold by-laws and they do against their own ratepayers.

Recently we say a farmer prosecuted for polluting a stream because of his ham-fisted method of willow tree extraction. Farmers and businesses are regularly prosecuted as well by councils when unauthorised or exceesive discharges are made into stream and rivers.

But what do you do when the polluter is the council, and the Regional Council above them refuses to prosecute them.

That is what is happening in the Hawkes Bay where the Central Hawkes Bay District Council is continually breaching sewage discharge permits and has been for more than 10 years.

If it was a farmer they would have been hauled before the courts and prosecuted and fined massive amounts of money…but not this crowd.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council could face private prosecution of its members over failures of its wastewater system.

The council is in breach of discharge consents which have been in place just three months.

The possibility of the prosecutions has been raised by Friends of the Tukituki spokesman and political campaigner Simon Lusk, who told Radio New Zealand if the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council would not prosecute, then the group would look at prosecuting CHB councillors and Regional Council staff, Mr Lusk says, are “failing to uphold their statutory obligations”.

CHB Mayor Peter Butler said “they” had threatened the council with prosecution before, and council chief executive John Freeman said he received a letter from the group last month. “My understanding is you can’t prosecute against individuals on the council,” Mr Freeman said. He said the two councils and the Friends of the Tukituki “all want the same outcome” – to ensure the river is free of any unwanted discharge.

“Any prosecution would be a distraction and a waste of time and money which would be better spent ensuring it [the system] is up and running properly,” Mr Freeman said. Regional council staff have decided against prosecuting the council despite six breaches of the discharge consents since they came into effect in October.

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Is Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson giving up on the dodgy socialist dam?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Chairman of the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council looks like he may have worked out that the lumpenprolitariat are not buying into his grand vision.

In the local paper in Hawkes Bay he had the following to say about the dodgy socialist dam.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson said getting a resolution on the Ruataniwha dam was one of his council’s top priorities, but was part of a busy programme that included a range of initiatives such as finalising a regional transport plan and a biodiversity strategy.

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Who is in charge of the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Councillor Tom Belford highlights what can only be described as a lie to councillors about the Dodgy Socialist Dam.

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has been soundly thrashed at every stage of the Board of Inquiry and High Court, yet the councillors are not in possession of the facts.

This is an absolute disgrace. Here is what Cr Belford mentions in a recent blog post talking about how the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council gets schooled every time its dodgy socialist dam gets scrutinised properly.    Read more »

Another Dodgy Deal with the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Dodgy Socialist Dam in Central Hawkes Bay got another kick in the arse recently, with the promoters having to pay the costs of appellants in the high court case that highlighted how dodgy the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is.

Word from inside the council staff is that the dam promoters are really struggling to sign up water users, so have come up with some creative clauses in the contracts.

So far the sign ups have been slow.

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke’s Bay’s Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

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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

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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 »