Hasn’t Andrew Newman heard of email?

Monday is the seventh time the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme has had a deadline for water sign ups.

All indicators suggest that they won’t make this deadline either. Worse still some of the original signatories are now having second thoughts and not signing amendments because the price of the water has now gone up to cover the massive blow out in the project. On top of that the ratepayers in areas where the towns have been taking water for free are up in arms that their local councils are signing up to take water and will of course introduce water rates to pay for it.

Meanwhile Andrew Newman can’t work out what his councillors email addresses are.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd says it is making steady progress towards its water uptake target for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

Farmers have until Monday 18 April to sign up as foundation water users of the irrigation scheme and receive early adopter discounts. Whether the scheme goes ahead is dependent on whether HBRIC Ltd can contract 45 million cubic metres of water before financial close.  

HBRIC Ltd Chief Executive Andrew Newman says while Monday is the deadline for farmers to sign up as Foundation Water Users, the investment company will not be releasing any water uptake figures until it has reported back to its shareholder, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and potential investors, which is expected to take a couple of weeks.

“We have an obligation to ensure our shareholders and potential investors are fully informed before we release any information publically [sic],” says Mr Newman.

The report back is likely to say “Sorry, missed target again, for the seventh time. Please indulge us with more money and another extension because if we keep on doing that eventually we will get there.”

Quite how it then takes two weeks or more to say that is beyond me.

To make it easy for him here is the link to them. http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/About-your-Council/Who-we-are/Pages/Councillors.aspx


– Scoop

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