As regular readers will know I have been opposed tot he dodgy socialist dam in the Hawkes Bay.
The high handed way the Hawkes Bay Regional Council has been pushing this dam through against all environmental advice and now it turns out economic advice is a travesty.
The other day I called for millionaire local MPs Craig Foss and Alistair Scott to put their considerable wealth where their mouths were and invest in Ruataniwha themselves.
I suspect I know why they won’t invest, and I will share that with you all now.
The dam is a dog.
I see that youâ€™ve picked up the FW article on the economics of the Ruataniwha dam.Â Please find attached a copy of the original paper that the FW article was based on.Â It was presented at the annual NZ Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (NZARES) conference in August.
Iâ€™ve also attached the PowerPoint slides that accompany the presentation.
You will see that unfortunately, the dam is an absolute loser for farmers too â€“ so even at the knock down water price offered by HBRC farmers still canâ€™t make it work.Â As per the paper, hereâ€™s the maths: Â Read more »
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The Silent Evolution
Council services just keep on rising under Len Brown’s ‘leadership’. The latest rise is for water charges up another 2.4% under this spendthrift mayor.
It will now cost $12,075 to connect the water up to a new home! Auckland City’s contribution to ‘affordable homes’.
Bernard Orsman reports:
Auckland households will pay 2.4 per cent more for water and wastewater charges from July.
Watercare Services has announced the price of water will increase from $1.343 to $1.375 per 1000 litres of water, and wastewater charges will rise from $2.281 per 1000 litres to $2.336.
The fixed charge will rise 2.6 per cent from $190 per year to $195.
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Wilson Harbor, Falkland Islands, 1989
Do you have to be blessed with stupidity to be a coroner?
Coroner Tim Scott thinks people net fishing should wear life-jackets…what next requiring children paddling in the shallows to wear life jackets? In the bath?
Fishing enthusiasts keen to set nets at a popular, but dangerous, Auckland beach should be wearing lifejackets, a coroner says.
Coroner Tim Scott called for the practice after investigating the deaths of four fishermen at Karioitahi Beach in 2011.
The men, who were from two different fishing groups, died within four days of each other after running into trouble while trying to set fishing nets in the surf.
None of the four were wearing lifejackets. They all died from drowning, Coroner Scott’s findings showed.
Brothers Aisea Inoke, 40, and Makamapuhia Inoke, 38, and their friend Hohapi Pepa, 41, had two children with them when things went wrong on October 24, 2011.Â Read more »