How much of your own money is invested Fossy?

Craig Foss has launched an attack on opponents of the dodgy socialist dam in the HB Today.

Foss is indulging in some sledging of Labour MPs without providing any facts or figures to back up his claims.

Great to see our mayors united and finally endorsing the Ruataniwha scheme.

Welcome aboard, although seriously, why did it take so long?

Where has your united support been for the past three years? I have pretty much been a lone political voice facing the brunt of negativity from the loud minority as I continue to drive support for this project which will deliver job and economic growth for our Hawke’s Bay families.

Perhaps now, we can get behind a 10-year pipeline of water infrastructure investment across Hawke’s Bay. Growers in and around Twyford and across the Bay deserve that certainty.

As the final Ruataniwha decision gets closer, and hopefully succeeds through the courts, I can already sense that some opponents are looking for a way to do a massive U-turn and, finally, come out in support. The following politicians have all publicly opposed the Ruataniwha project: Labour MP Stuart Nash has run advertisements against, Labour MP Meka Whaitiri put up a bill in Parliament to stop it.

Councillors Barker, Belford, Bevin and Graham have fought it at every turn. Yet the project continues to work its way towards success.

Foss obviously is not well read on the Board of Inquiry report, nor has he caught up with the latest shenanigans with the Central Hawkes Bay District Council.

It’s a shame that the local MP isn’t across all aspects of his constituency, and he is prepared to sacrifice a river so just a few farmers can benefit. He probably also hasn’t read about the simply heroic assumptions of dairy prices needed to support water prices to make the dam financially viable and is obviously far better skilled than institutional investors at looking through the figures.

It makes you wonder precisely how much of his personal fortune (which he quietly tells people is more than John Key’s) he has invested in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme?

My bet is none whatsoever, proving he’s as a big a socialist as the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Check out this arrogance:

The Ruataniwha project continues in spite of the many hurdles, some of which I have listed below:

– Scientists don’t agree with the model: Wrong, scientists have presented their positions to courts and the scheme continues.

-It will be built on a fault line: That’s just silly, New Zealand is on a fault line, as are many decades old existing dams. The Ruataniwha will be built to modern standards and probably be the safest dam in New Zealand.

-There is no large investor: Would it have really got this far if there was not interest from investors?

-Only 150 farmers will benefit: Utter nonsense. Those who sign up are locked in to make payments for nearly 30 years to use the infrastructure!

-There’s nothing in it for small businesses: Utter nonsense. The 18,000 small businesses across Hawke’s Bay are linked to the success of our core strength, produce from the land.

-Local Maori don’t want it: Rubbish, one iwi has an option to invest $20 million into the project.

-Farmers aren’t signing up to achieve the 40 per cent take-up target: So once the 40 per cent is exceeded will the objectors stop using this line?

-The business case does not stack up for farmers: Wrong. Farmers and not politicians, will and are perfectly able to make their own decisions about their own business case

I think you get the point, in spite of all the howls of outrage and opposition the Ruataniwha project continues to make progress. Combined with the TPPA, and other free trade agreements Hawke’s Bay is on the brink of an unprecedented period of growth.

So, MP Stuart Nash, Meka Whaitiri, Councillors Barker, Belford, Bevin and Graham, will you stop your objections.

As soon as Labour chooses a decent candidate, instead of a home wrecker or a unionist then Foss is likely to lose, just as National lost in Napier when a decent candidate was offered up. His days are numbered and with complete arrogance like that displayed in the article it can’t be too far away.

Then the residents of Tukituki can finally get an MP who doesn’t drive a big gay ute.

Local media, though, should be asking how much of Fossy’s considerable personal fortune (so he says) is being invested in the RWSS if it is such a wondrous and perfect project guaranteed to be a success.


– HB Today

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