Another Dodgy Deal with the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Dodgy Socialist Dam in Central Hawkes Bay got another kick in the arse recently, with the promoters having to pay the costs of appellants in the high court case that highlighted how dodgy the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is.

Word from inside the council staff is that the dam promoters are really struggling to sign up water users, so have come up with some creative clauses in the contracts.

So far the sign ups have been slow.

Contracts signed so far to take water from Hawke’s Bay’s Ruataniwha dam and irrigation project added up to only about 13 percent of the commitment needed to make the scheme commercially feasible.

But the company running the project says farmers representing more than half of the minimum water-take required have made the decision to join the scheme and have asked for contracts.

There is  a big difference between asking for the contract and actually signing up, and according to unhappy staffers at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council there may have to be some renegotiation of contracts as the council is offering water at 1/5 the real price for the first five years just to get people to sign up.

Those who signed up at full price are really unhappy about the new terms.

This is nothing more than corporate welfare and creeping socialism.

This project is a disaster that no private sector person would take on because the economics have never stacked up.

Now the extremely dodgy Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is attempting make ratepayers and tax payer subsidise 80% of the cost of water for the first five year of contracts.


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