Dodgy socialist dam running out of time

The dodgy socialists at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council getting desperate.

They are just days away from the deadline, that has slipped previously, for signing up the required commitments for water uptake.

We know they are getting desperate because they have revised their offering price for the water.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company (HBRIC) said whether 45 million cubic metres of water was contracted would decide whether the $600m scheme goes ahead.

Recent figures showed HBRIC had just over 30 million cubic metres of water contracted.

HBRIC said new foundation water user agreements had been sent out to farmers with the revised water price of 27.5 cents.

The deadline for farmers to sign up as a Foundation Water User was 18 April.

HBRIC has had several deadlines in the past for farmers to sign up and all have passed without achieving the minimum amount of water sales required.  

I fully expect to the Council to release jimmied statistics and have used subterfuge to make the threshold for water commitments.

HBRC is now relying on town water sales rather than farm water sales to make the threshold.

Meanwhile councillors who back the dam are being slammed in the HB Today by a Greenie farmer and chair of CHB Forest & Bird, Dan Elderkamp.

[Alan Dick] accuses us of being ideologically opposed to farming – really? I’m a farmer, Alan, and I love it! What we do oppose is toxic farming – pollution of groundwater and rivers for profit, and the ideology that this water is there for HBRIC and its mates to exploit, regardless of how it affects other water and river users downstream. Neither are we anti-irrigation. After all, grape growers and horticulturalists irrigate their vines and orchards but need vastly less water than dairying, which uses 800 to 1000 litres of water to make just one litre of milk. We need smarter, targeted irrigation, not more dairy farms. In fact, without dairy the dam is not viable, so the argument can be made that HBRIC is promoting farming methods that use vast quantities of water wastefully to reach their target.

Thirdly, he spins the tired illusion that the dam will offer “major environmental gains” – this is quite laughable, to be kind. There’s a list of ecologists and environmental scientists as long as my arm who will disprove Alan’s claims. The only gains that there might possibly be is to reverse the environmental damage done through HBRIC’s over-allocation of groundwater to irrigators.

Has anyone noticed the proliferation of pivot irrigators in CHB over the last five years? Whatever “gains” will be more than outweighed by the environmental destruction the dam will cause – destruction of rare braided river bed, already rare and threatened native species, and biodiversity which will take several hundred years to recover, if ever.

This guy needs to go to parliament to stop the sandal wearing tofu eaters getting in the way of a good hard political sledge.


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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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