Another Nail in the Coffin of the Dodgy Socialist Dam?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The extremely dodgy Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have decided against appealing the High Court Decision on the dodgy socialist dam.

Parties involved in the case had until Friday this week to seek leave to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers for the council and HBRIC said in a memorandum to the board of inquiry last month they did not intend to appeal.

The problem for the dodgy socialist dam promoters is that they are facing the problem all socialists do when the run out of other peoples money to spend. They are going to have to magic up more money as they run out at the end of the financial year, and they are relying on the good will of their opponents to ensure that the next stages progress in a timely manner.

It is near certain that they have missed this build season, as they need to start building the dam in September. Sources in Hawkes Bay are saying that whatever the Board of Inquiry comes up with it will be appealed, delaying the dam well beyond September.  

Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson and CE Andrew Newman are reaping what they have sowed, having bullied anyone who does not subscribe to their socialist utopia, including filing complaints about journalists for reporting the truth, yelling at newspaper editors, complaining about Fish & Game staff who have won every court battle or mediation, refusing to give information to elected representatives and being obnoxious to opposition politicians.

I think the people of Hawkes Bay should be seeking a claw back of Andrew Newman’s extremely dodgy pay rise.

Instead he gets a massive payrise which takes him well into the 1% and makes him one of the very highest paid people in Hawkes Bay.

The council came under fire in February when it emerged it had approved an $84,000 back-dated pay rise for HBRIC CEO Andrew Newman.

Mr Newman, who stepped aside as the regional council’s chief executive to drive the Ruataniwha project, currently receives a $380,000-a-year pay package.

So the dodgy socialists on the council gave their CE a massive pay rise, before they knew whether the dam would go ahead?


What were they thinking?


– Hawkes Bay Today


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  • Bruno 32

    Irrigation schemes can take a long time to come to fruition. The central plains scheme in Canterbury has taken over 40 years to get started. This is just a battle in a war that has only just begun.

  • axeman

    The main problem with the dam is the funding pure and simple. So here is a different view to most on this site.
    The reasons for the dam I think are good. The HB is always prone to drought, it makes sense to store water when there is plenty and release in time of shortage, guarantees better minimum flows for The Tuki Tuki more stringent nutrient levels for river quality and enables the river to be flushed when requires.
    The regional benefits for increased economic activity which is desperately needed this a project that needs to ultimately go ahead. I n some way the tax payer and rate payer will pay by way of increased unemployment, higher crime and the social costs that comes when regions become a back water
    This project is no less important for HB than the highways of National significance like the one from Auckland heading north, Transmission Gully, and so on. And while we talk about it being socialist funding do we forget that we are Nationally currently paying an extra 10-15 cents a litre tax on petrol to fund Aucklands motorways and congestion that was suppose to be temporary

    • Except your premise is all wrong. The plan as proposed would actually turn the Tukituki toxic, not save it or flush it or anything else other than poison it. Even worse the flows used by the council in the proposal have never existed ever, and need to be adjusted downwards by over half to meet reality, thereby making the poisoning of the Tukituki worse.

      The economic benefit has been dreadfully over stated. See yesterday’s post.

      It benefits just 120 farmers, none of whom want to pay the ridiculous cost of water from a dam that no one wants.

  • Ginny

    Where is the Boagan when we need her?
    I’m sure she could find someone else’s money to help pay for this.

  • parorchestia

    Sorry Cam, but I agree with those who think the scheme is a good idea. Its funding may be questionable though the sums involved are peanuts compared to the public money that gets poured into Auckland (rail, commuter transport, roads and congestion relief, social services), and the economic spinoffs from irrigation schemes are often greatly understated at the planning stage. In the Waipara no one foresaw the amazing diversification that resulted from the region’s 1986 No.1 irrigation scheme. The scheme was only supposed to be marginally economic in allowing better traditional activities, such as fat lamb production. But irrigation enable wine product (it is now the fastest growing wine producing area in NZ with currently 80 vineyards and its wines are outstanding), small fruits (usually the most profitable economic activity possible in NZ), olives, and tourism. The area is now a great success.
    Other irrigation schemes have had similar results, so don’t knock regions that want a better future.