More Dodgy Dealings from the Rotten Hawkes Bay Regional Council

A reader passed on this information about the rotten Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Troughing ratbag councillors and troughing investment company board members wanted to award themselves a big pay rise for troughing back in April.

These troughing ratbags need close scrutiny.

Then, next up was Chairman Andy Pearce, representing the directors of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC), the council-controlled organisation owned by HBRC and charged with advancing the dam project.

Mr Pearce was asking for increases in the directors’ fees paid to him (a raise of $44,125, to $65,625 per annum) and fellow directors Jim Scotland and Sam Robinson (raises of $22,500 each, to $37,500 each per annum), as well as fees for three expert “committee members”.

The proposal would increase such fees from an annual level of $51,500 to $365,625. The increase is sought on the basis of the heavy workload on directors as a result of their responsibilities for progressing of the Ruataniwha water storage scheme. The proposal also urged the council to consider compensating the three councillor-director members of the HBRIC Board — Fenton Wilson, Alan Dick and Christine Scott. 

Apparently the finance director didn’t know anything about it.

During the discussion, it became clear that the recommendation was being tabled directly by the chairman of HBRIC, in a memo co-signed by the council’s chief financial officer, who admitted under questioning that he had never read or considered the memo.

Did someone forge a signature? Or use an electronic signature without telling the finance director?

If this was a publicly listed firm there would be all sorts of investigations and potential prosecutions.


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