More trouble for the Dodgy Socialist Dam

The never ending cock ups from the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council continue, with complaints about a councillors conflict of interest causing more problems.

It’s been revealed that a Hawke’s Bay Regional councillor could stand to make money if the Council approves a controversial and polluting dam that’s set to cost close to $1 billion.

The councillor, Deborah Hewitt, owns a property that falls within the proposed area to be supplied with water from the planned Ruataniwha Dam. The land value of those within this irrigation zone is expected to increase if construction of the dam goes ahead.

It’s understood Hewitt began the process of declaring the conflict of interest yesterday, a day after Greenpeace New Zealand and more than a dozen others requested an official inquiry into the issue following information obtained under the Official Information Act.

The issue is not whether Debbie Hewitt has a conflict of interest, as there is no way in hell the dam is going to be given the go ahead before the council elections. There are too many angry people with law suits ready to challenge the dam, and a well motivated group of people ready to hammer hell out of the councillors in Napier who are promoting the dam.

The bigger issue for dam promoters is if Debbie Hewitt does have a conflict of interest and can not vote do they want her to stand again, or do they want a Central Hawkes Bay councillor who is not conflicted?

Sources in Central Hawkes Bay say that talks have commenced about finding a reliable replacement for Cr Hewitt who does not have a conflict of interest.

These coming local body elections promise to be very interesting in the Hawkes Bay.


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