More socialism to promote the dodgy socialist dam

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Government seem willing to stop at nothing to get the dodgy socialist dam built.

Fresh from revelations that they are trying to sign up farmers with a five year grace period where they only pay 5c a cumec instead of the 26c a cumec which is allegedly the true cost.

Part of this dodginess is to give iwi $20m extra in their treaty settlement to invest in the dam. There are two taniwha (Ruataniwha) after all that need feeding.

Sources inside the Treaty Negotiations Ministers office say that the extra $20m above what was originally offered was a huge surprise to the Iwi, though they are not sure whether to accept it. 

He Toa Takitini’s in-principle treaty settlement agreement includes the option for Heretaunga-Tamatea Maori to take a $20 million stake in the Ruataniwha water storage scheme.

But the group is divided over whether to take up the investment if the controversial Central Hawke’s Bay irrigation project goes ahead.

HTT chairman David Tipene-Leach told a Hastings District Council meeting last week that working to improve water quality in the region was a key priority for his organisation.

“Given that we are also very interested in economic development, you can imagine that we are in the same place as everybody else trying to balance those two things, particularly with the present kafuffle that is happening around the Ruataniwha water storage scheme,” he said. “He Toa Takitini, its members and the Maori community of Hawke’s Bay are almost as divided as the non-Maori community about the dam.”

This must be very annoying for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, who have carefully cultivated a couple of Uncle Toms in the hope they will sell out their iwi to see the dam built.

If iwi are so concerned about water quality, rather than investing in the dam, which will turn the Tukituki toxic, they should instead be holding the HBRC to account for their gross negligence in failing to enforce current pollution of the rivers.


– Hawkes Bay Today

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