Hawke’s Bay

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 »

Labour’s home wrecker candidate rinsed in gay ute country

Anna “Marge” Lorck got soundly beaten in gay ute country, with Craig Foss winning on the night by 5800 votes.

The tip line has been running hot with more Marge stories, and how she is graceless and undignified in the campaign.

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This woman’s attitude makes me sick

You owe me a state house…that is the basic premise of this bludger.

A Hastings mother has rejected an “unsafe” property offered to her by Housing New Zealand, after Hawke’s Bay Today drew attention to her 15-week wait for housing.

Louise Hutchinson currently lives in a motel unit with her two teenage children. She has been on the “A” priority waiting list for a state house for 15 weeks.

After Hawke’s Bay Today ran a story about Ms Hutchinson’s situation in Saturday’s edition, she received a text from Housing NZ.

“All of a sudden, I received a text on Tuesday – I believe they responded because of the newspaper article.”

Housing NZ told Ms Hutchinson she could view a vacant house on Manuka St, Mahora, and “move in tomorrow”.

However, after inspecting the property she decided it was unsuitable for her family.   Read more »

Vote Positive in Gay Ute Country


Labour’s Tukituki candidate Anna “Marge” Lorck has really embraced the Vote Positive slogan.

She is sledging Craig Foss on twitter.     Read more »

Extremely Dodgy Council Staff and Chair do not share information with Councillors

Regular readers will know that the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council staff think they can dictate to councillors how they behave. Liz Lambert, the acting Chief Executive, should have resigned over this disgraceful conduct from public servants.

Now it seems that Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson has decided to work with the staff to exclude four councillors from decisions about water in Hawkes Bay.

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Cr Tom Belford writes that he and his fellow councillors have had to request information that should be provided to them by virtue of being elected.

Instead the extremely dodgy Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson, Andrew Newman and Liz Lambert have hidden information from these directly elected representatives.

Councillors Graham, Barker, Beaven and myself have officially requested much additional financial information about the construction and financing of the dam – all ignored to date. Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson, our official channel to HBRIC, admonishes us for wanting to get too deep into the weeds.   Read more »

More good news, this time in the provinces

Labour’s mantra of misery continues as they talk down the New Zealand economy.

Meanwhile it looks like the crisis in the provinces, that they talk about, has come right, at least in the Hawkes Bay.

Job listings in Hastings are up nearly 25 per cent, with growth in agriculture and transport leading the way.

The Trade Me Jobs employment survey for April to June shows the whole country enjoyed high job growth, encouraging people to stay here rather than pack up for Australia.

Listings in Hastings jumped 24 per cent to 458 compared with the same period last year, while Napier flatlined at 398.

Jobs in transport and agriculture were the fastest growing sectors in Hastings, while Napier experienced a drop in hospitality and retail, offset by growth in transport and office work, the report showed.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule said it was possible the spike in jobs listings in Hastings could be attributed to a strong rural sector.  Read more »

Another potential investor pulls out of the Dodgy Socialist Dam

Regular readers will know I loathe socialism and socialists with a passion.

The worst example of socialism being promoted at the moment is the Ruataniwha Water Storage Project in Hawkes Bay, where the socialists at the Regional Council want to spend about $275m of taxpayers money to give water to 150 farmers, at the same time as turning the Tukituki River toxic.

This project has always looked like a big socialist scam, and it seems that even if 500 people in Central Hawkes Bay parade around supporting bludging off the rest of us, their council doesn’t want to invest their money in the dam.

Central Hawke’s Bay district councillors yesterday voted not to proceed with a proposal to invest $5 million in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, in what some submitters against the idea called a “victory for common sense”.

The council met to consider and discuss the 92 submissions that had been received, of which 75 were opposed to the proposal to take $1 million from rural ward reserve funds and borrow $4 million to invest in the project.   Read more »