Conflict of Interest at Dodgy Socialist Dam?

There is more from the Keystone Cops at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Councillors on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s investment company board could be replaced to resolve the perceived conflict of interest around the Ruataniwha Catchment proposal.

In politics perception is reality and the perception is the HBRC are a pack of clowns who have no control over their staff.

It could involve replacing two of the three councillors on the investment company board, or leaving the matter up to the next council when it’s voted in, following the October election.

A report by its interim chief executive Liz Lambert and corporate services manager Paul Drury said legal advice confirmed there was no actual conflict of interest for councillor-directors on the board at present. But earlier reports showed the issue was one of perception and predetermination around decisions to be made on the catchment proposal, which included the construction of a major dam. 

They already had to move their highly unpopular CE.

Earlier in the year, the regional council’s chief executive Andrew Newman had been transferred to work on the catchment proposal as the investment company’s managing director, removing any perception there was a conflict of interest in his role.

Socialists wanting to own the means of production are a relic from last century. Publicly funded water storage to allow 150 farmers to make money is corporate welfare at its worst. Farmers should remember how the reforms of the 80s unleashed New Zealand’s potential and not want to go back to the terrible days of subsidies.


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  • cows4me

    Bit economical with the truth are you not. How is it socialism when the benefactors pay for the dam for as long as they take the water. The public will get their money back with interest over time. No I suspect the real issue is the river is a favourite hunting spot and the thought of damming it is all to much to take.

    • If it is such a good idea to build an earth dam on a fault line then form a company, get a prospectus and call for investors.

      There is plenty more to come on this issue, including the threats of council members against opponents of the dam, the dodgy and incorrect reports to justify it plus the illegal consenting process.

      • cows4me

        To be perfectly honest I really don’t care either way, I’ve got no skin in the game. If it’s a bad idea or there are dirty dealings it will come out in the wash. Usually the truth lies somewhere in that grey area between the promoters and opponents. Where I’m coming from is the notion that farmers are the bad guys and are deemed socialists when it’s obvious the fair proportion of farmers are simply the meat in the sandwich. If you think it’s a stupid idea fine but plainly accusing farmers of socialism for something they will ultimately pay for, probably many times over, is wrong.

      • David Broome

        Cam here are the facts Everything is right there.

        But if you want abuse be a dam aupporter ( letters, phone calls, false texts) – HB Today ran a text this week puporting to be from Feds local pres except he never sent it, at least they ran a correction the following day.

        If it s illegal then Hook & Bullet will use some of their millions and challenge, let alone other appellants or the OAG,

        As for the quake risk, welcome to NZ. If a mega one did break the dam the invevitable Tsunami wiping out the East Coast, rivers changing course and massive widespread damage in the North Island will give us more to worry about.


  • David Broome

    I think WO has it in for Ruataniwha. I cannot understand why since the cost of drought is far worse. Surely if its that bad all the councilors will be tipped out in October since locals will be paying for it. My bet is that they won’t because the majority of farmers want it, as opposed to the Green Taliban and Hook & Bullet.

    PS If Ruataniwha is socialist, what then about Auckland’s roads and those dams in the Hunua’s and Waikatere’s. Or do Aucklanders only make a latte when its raining?

  • Kopua Cowboy

    “Socialists wanting to own the means of production are a relic from last century”

    Lets sell all the farms too then. And the forests, and the sea.

    The alternative is lets build a bloody huge dam, and sit back and watch as us farmers slave away to make NZ even richer.