Dodgy Council Spins Out of Control

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is spinning criticism about whether it has released details about their refusal to provide information to submitters on the socialist dam they are promoting.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council refutes allegations that staff withheld information on research into toxicity for species that live in the Tukituki River, as claimed by Ngahiwi Tomoana of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

The planning rules proposed for the Tukituki River around nitrate toxicity have been developed following the research and recommendations of Dr Chris Hickey of NIWA, who developed a risk management framework for managing freshwater species. Dr Hickey’s report is leading edge science and is the first time New Zealand freshwater species have been included in the assessment of safe levels of nitrate toxicity. This research was funded partly by the nationwide Public Good Science Fund and partly by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. 

Sources inside the regional council say that senior staff have refused to release information to submitters to the Board of Inquiry and have threatened staff who object to the dodgy council hiding the truth.

The HBRC should come clean and release all details of legal action by submitters who Iain Maxwell failed to release information to when requested.

This will clear up whether the council has refused to release information. This is all available under the Official Information Act so the council should just release it before they get the OIA requests.


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