Thanks to all the readers who have sent in some truly silly local government spending.
The latest Silly Local Government Spending nomination is from the West Coast, where the West Coast Regional Council has invested $500,000 in a 1080 production facility.
How this is council core business is well beyond my comprehension.
The West Coast Regional Council has admitted a secret $500,000 investment in a pest control company and new factory which is looking to manufacture 1080 poison at Rolleston, near Christchurch.
The council released a statement this morning after being outed by the Greymouth Star.
Once the factory is operational, the regional council will be involved in 1080 from manufacturing to consenting and even the application of the poison through another council-owned company.
Company Office records show the Rolleston partnership with Pest Control Research NZ Ltd was formed in May 2013. It has only two shareholders — Christchurch man Malcolm Thomas with 51 per cent, and the West Coast Regional Council with 49 per cent.
One director is Randal Beal, who formerly managed the council’s resource consent stand-alone company, VCS.