Pressure is building over the dodgy socialist dam being proposed by the dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council.
Four councillors, fed up with being kept in the dark and the public being kept in the dark, have embarked on a series of public meetings to inform ratepayers what their council have been up to.
It has become rather testy.
Calls for resignations were levelled at HBRIC board members at last night’s Ruataniwha Dam meeting.
The forum, the first of a series of four such discussions, was the hottest ticket in Hastings, with more than 250 people turning up. HBRIC board members Andy Pearce, Jim Scotland and Sam Robinson were also in attendance.
Organised by Tom Belford, Rex Graham, Rick Barker and Peter Beaven at Karamu High School, the regional councillors started the conversation.
Mr Graham made it clear that while it supported water storage, it was the role of the council to support and encourage private farmers’ investment and not frustrate it.
“In fact, our job is to be the regulator and insure that our rivers and streams are safe and that our farming industry, which is so important to us, works in harmony with our environment,” he said.
Mr Belford focused on the potential environmental ramifications of such an undertaking.
“Before looking at any water storage scheme the regional council should first demonstrate that it can and will ensure a cleaner, safer river by reducing nutrients and more substantially increasing flows,” he said.