Dodgy Council Has a Sook about a Journalist Telling the Truth

The dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is having a sook about a journalist telling the truth about their dodgy socialist dam.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has laid a formal complaint with Radio New Zealand over its reporting of the controversial Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.Over the past several weeks Radio New Zealand has run stories around the suppression of a draft submission written up by DoC staff.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says Radio New Zealand’s reports that the dam could “kill the Tukituki river” and could make it “toxic” are not based on any factual evidence.

The problem for the sooky council is that there are facts saying that the Dam could turn the Tukituki Toxic. These facts come from the dodgy HBRC’s own document, Tukituki Choices, which wants to set in stream nutrients levels at toxicity.  

Technical people will find details of setting the nutrients levels at toxicity on page 54 and page 77 where the regional council tries to pull a fast one on the people of Hawkes Bay and increase nutrients levels between 250% and 500%, setting them at “Toxicity”.

The HBRC should come clean about whether it intends setting nutrients levels at toxicity. It should also come clean about whether council CE Andrew Newman has tried to get two Hawkes Bay journalists sacked for reporting properly on the dam, not just parroting the dodgy councils dodgy lines.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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