Nashy calls out the HBRC

Fenton ‘Jong-un’ Wilson and his merry band of enablers have a lot to answer for and it appears that Stuart Nash is the one asking the questions over the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme as they miss yet another deadline.

Napier MP Stuart Nash is calling on the chairman of Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Andy Pearce to “just be honest” with the people.

Speaking in response to the latest missed deadline Mr Nash said the region’s people deserve more, and deserve answers.

“Andy needs to come out now and just be honest with the people of Hawke’s Bay, after all a decent chunk of it is our money,” Mr Nash said. “The lack of transparency is a little concerning. As the chair of the board he has to stand up and start taking some responsibility for this.”

In response to the call Mr Pearce said that as chairman of HBRIC he was accountable to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) and, through the council, to ratepayers.

“I and my fellow directors will be reporting, in public, to HBRC at their meeting on November 25, including an update on water uptake as at November 11 and any further commitments between that date and November 24,” he said.

“It is not appropriate, nor acceptable to councillors, that we should bypass our shareholders and make public comment on significant matters prior to informing them.”

Not appropriate? The shareholders are the council, and that means the ratepayers…and this muppet won’t be accountable to them, instead taking a rather narrow view on what a shareholder is.

What a weasel.

The chairman also said that on October 14 this year, HBRIC held a publicly advertised annual general meeting in Century Theatre, at which, he said, current progress on the RWSS was reported.

“HBRIC Ltd has held such open and publicly advertised annual meetings in each year of its existence,” said Mr Pearce.

“A number of those who claim a lack of transparency about the RWSS were specifically invited, but did not attend this year’s meeting. All local MPs were also invited. Mr Nash did not take up the opportunity to attend.”

However, Mr Nash said Mr Pearce needs to come out and explain why farmers are not signing up to the scheme, what strategy HBRIC has to mitigate the risk around this and, why the whole process is taking so long.

A couple of stage managed and hijacked meetings, one of which I attended, does not transparency make. Bussing in loads of cousin shaggers from the Central Hawkes Bay isn’t transparency.

HBRIC needs to start telling the truth on water sign ups and stop relying on the CHBDC for buying all their water…the dam proposal was for farmers, now it is leaking out that the plan to get the dam going hinges on supplying towns with water instead of fixing their dodgy reticulation systems.

Andy Pearce should stop thinking he is doing everyone a favour by being in the room when his only skill set seems to be managing to take a wool marketing company from $33m value to $9m.


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