More problems for the dodgy socialist dam

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson has been effective at suppressing dissent about his dodgy socialist dam for years. His problem came when the Board of Inquiry was formed and the extremely dodgy Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was told “You are not allowed to turn the Tukituki River Toxic”.

The council tried to fudge this by convincing the Board of Inquiry that it should be allowed to make a very late submission that other parties could not submit on, and allow 615 farms not to have to manage nitrogen leeching. This “factual fiction” has been overturned by the High Court, who have awarded costs to the appellants.

The big problem for the Dodgy Socialist Dam is the timeline.

They set a timeline of the end of March 2015 for farmers to sign up for the water from the scheme.

A High Court decision sending Hawke’s Bay’s Ruataniwha Water Storage Dam back to a Board of Inquiry is expected to create another delay, and another hit to the soaring cost of the project.  

While the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company was last night not commenting on the prospects for what is billed as New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme and its budget of over $250 million, sources said with Christmas and the need to reconvene the board intervening, the company would be hard-pressed to meet its end-of-March deadline for the signing of the water-use contracts needed for the project to go ahead.

Two months ago, chairman Andy Pearce said deals with farmers to use about 35 million cubic metres of water a year were pending, but some were awaiting the appeal decision before making any commitment.

So the Board of Inquiry has to reconvene, and they have to come up with another decision, which could be appealed.

This will blow out the end of March deadline, and that is before a series of other legal and financial problems are created for the socialists on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council who have consistently failed to listen to any dissent about their dodgy socialist dam.

I wonder if the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council councillors who have supported the dam despite advice not to are going to be liable for wasting ratepayers money.

Could they be subject to litigation for their failure to act in the best interests of all ratepayers and for negligence in failing to listen to expert advice?

Things might get real interesting in the Hawke’s Bay sooner rather than later.


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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.

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