Nathan Guy’s Lies further Exposed by HB Mayors

Nathan Guy lied about Stuart Nash and Labour?s position on the socialist dam in central Hawkes Bay in a press release a few weeks back. He gave the impression that Hawkes Bay is up in arms with joy about him pissing away millions of tax payers money in subsidies for a very dodgy scheme run by some very dodgy people.

Now the two highly respected and long serving mayors of Napier and Hastings, Barb Arnott and Lawrence Yule, are pointing out the obvious faults in the scheme. And the obvious stupidity of Nathan Guy lying about skepticism of a vast waste of taxpayers money.

Hawke’s Bay mayors are so concerned about the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme they have offered to pay for a peer review of the plan.

In a letter?The Dominion Post?obtained under the Official Information Act, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule urge regional council chairman Fenton Wilson to address four “process issues”.?

They say there is insufficient separation between the regional council and its investment arm, which has lodged resource consent applications for the $250 million dam and irrigation scheme.

Having councillors as the company’s directors meant it was impossible to provide confidence that decision-making processes were fair, transparent and undertaken without some pre-determination, the mayors said.

They believed regional council chief executive Andrew Newman should not be involved in both entities as this exposed the council and ratepayers to “significant risk around independent advice that may be given to the council”.

They were worried about the level of capital and operating cost risks that could fall on ratepayers and noted that private investors were likely to seek to have the investment company carry as much of the risk as possible.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is acting as some sort of Banana Republic. Having councillors on the investment committee that is promoting a publically funded project is an absolute disgrace, and these councillors should either resign from the council at the next election or from the investment company.

Word from Hawkes Bay is that the councillors in question are too useless to get real work, and have their noses so deep in the only trough they can find they will push the project ahead at all costs.