Who is in charge of the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Councillor Tom Belford highlights what can only be described as a lie to councillors about the Dodgy Socialist Dam.

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has been soundly thrashed at every stage of the Board of Inquiry and High Court, yet the councillors are not in possession of the facts.

This is an absolute disgrace. Here is what Cr Belford mentions in a recent blog post talking about how the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council gets schooled every time its dodgy socialist dam gets scrutinised properly.   

Rather than face ‘three strikes and you’re out’, one might think that HBRC would invite some fresh thinking on its approach before charging back to the BOI with a new position when the BOI attempts to resolve the matter in the first quarter of the year. [The BOI has asked the parties for their views by 20 January on how the review process should be conducted. This does not appear to be a process that the BOI will rush, given the wrist slap it received from the High Court.]

However, when I queried at the HBRC meeting whether councillors would be engaged as a new position was formulated, the response was a curt: when we’ve come up with our position, we’ll “inform” you. As it turned out, by 19 December, two days after this exchange, the BOI had already received recommendations from counsel for HBRC/HBRIC! So much for conferring with Councillors.

Right. So the councillor asks for information about a new position, and is told that he will be informed when they come up with it. Yet two days before they had already submitted.

If that isn’t a lie commenters could perhaps describe what it is.

What really happened?

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