Ngāti Kahungunu

As predicted the Dodgy Socialist Dam is going to turn into a bun fight at the ballot box

When Councils ride rough shod over ratepayers and the politicians vote with their wallets and not with the interests of those paying the bills there will be electoral consequences.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council has poured millions into a dodgy socialist dam proposal that simply doesn’t stack up economically or environmentally.

Now the push back is starting.

The battle over the Ruataniwha Dam project is moving to the ballot box.

Newly reelected Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the iwi?s opposition to the $333 million scheme to irrigate part of central Hawke?s Bay has got wide support.

He says Hawke?s Bay Regional Council and its regional investment company aren?t listening to the wider community, which opposes the project of economic, cultural and environmental grounds.

The council is up for election in October. ? Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Dam rooted as Maori win in Environment Court

The Dodgy Socialist dam in Hawkes Day would appear to be rooted after a win in the Environment Court by?Ngati Kahungunu;

The Environment Court has backed the contention of Ngati Kahungunu Inc that Hawke?s Bay Regional Council was trying to dilute water quality standards for the region?s aquifers.

It ordered the council to restore to an objective in the regional resource management plan that there should be no degradation of existing groundwater quality in the Heretaunga Plains and Ruataniwha Plains aquifer system.

The council argued the objective was impossible to achieve.

The court said to not attempt to at least maintain the quality of water abdicates the functions of a regional council. ? Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Dam cops another one in the chook

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council has lost another court battle over the Ruataniwha Dam.

This is the fourth time they have lost in a court. They got smashed by the Board of Inquiry, the lost in the High Court when they refused to release the TRIM model, and they lost an appeal and had to pay costs because they were so wrong and now the maoris had smashed them up over their dodgy socialist dam and the degradation of the waterways that would result from the project.

You have to start wondering when the council will give up their dodgy plan.

Iwi authority Ngati Kahungunu is celebrating an Environment Court decision it says is a victory over Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s attempts to reduce water-quality standard provisions for the region’s aquifers.

At a hearing in December, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated challenged the council’s attempts to change two objectives related to groundwater quality as part of a change to the regional resource management plan. ? Read more »

Sour grapes

The Fox and the Grapes

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei complained that she was overlooked by Angry Andrew for a position on the Intelligence and Security committee because of her sex. She had no proof of this claim apart from the fact that he gave the job to someone else.

He said that he didn’t choose her because he wanted someone with ? ?skills, understanding and experience?? which in her mind implied that she did not have these qualities. Certainly no one would raise an eye brow at his decision to appoint David Shearer given his background in international relations and aid. After all he did spend nearly 20 years working for the UN, managing the provision of aid to countries including Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.No one could say that Andrew Little gave the position to some one less able and experienced than her. In fact the opposite is true as she has no international experience at all. Nothing, nada, nil, zero, nought.

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Questioning the Extremely Dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Ctd

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

One of the most troubling aspects of the dodgy socialist dam promoted by the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council is that the local Iwi, Ngati Kahungunu, have been treated like lepers by the regional council hierarchy.

Legitimate concerns from Ngati Kahungunu have been ignored, and the ratbags at the council have tried to get around the dominant iwi in Hawkes Bay by buying up some tame Maoris who will tell the council what they want to hear.

Sources inside the council were dismayed when this happened, and continued to be dismayed that the council has failed to uphold their Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Light needs to be shone on this so the public can decide if the council has been ethical in its dealings with Maori.? Read more »

Right man in the wrong party

Jonathan Milne has taken a drive down the motorway away from the cloisters offices of the Herald on Sunday to interview Shane Jones.

What he comes away with is an admission that for all these years Shane Jones was a man living inside the wrong party.

The seeds of Jones’ decision?to quit were sown two years ago. In mid-2012, then-Labour leader David Shearer stood him down while the Auditor-General investigated why Jones, as associate immigration minister five years before, had granted citizenship to Labour Party donor Bill Liu.

“I was highly pissed off about that,” Jones says. “That had a bloody visceral effect on me, actually, more than the credit card episode. I’ve never really fully admitted how much that jolted me.”

Jones was isolated from his Labour colleagues and felt he had few friends. “And Winston [Peters] came and found me and said, ‘you come with me’. If there was ever a point at a deeply personal level that I really respected Winston’s toughness, it was then.

“He was basically taking me under his wing to go through that ordeal. That counted for a lot. I’m quite a deep person in my own way, although I’ve got a big mouth. So I never forgot that.”

Ahhh the wily old fox Winston Peters, saw an opportunity. I wonder if anything will come of this?

Jones returned to Labour’s front bench in March last year, and a month later got the call that Parekura Horomia, the kaumatua of the Labour caucus, was on his deathbed.

He headed down to the East Coast, where Horomia was waiting in the front room of his small farmhouse in Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. It was an intimate moment, as Horomia handed over leadership of Labour’s Maori caucus to Jones.

They spoke in Maori. Horomia said it was time for him to okioki – to rest. Jones replied: “Kia kaha chief, mo te iwi.”

It was, in part, out of a sense of duty to Horomia that Jones put his hand up for leader three months later. There were those who believed he could pull it off.

Indeed, still buried on the Labour Party website is a page prepared for the eventuality of a Jones victory. “Shane Jones is the 15th leader of the Labour Party, and the next Prime Minister of New Zealand,” it proclaims, boldly and prematurely.

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Dodgy Socialist Dam gets it in the arse

Regular readers will know I oppose bludging, bludgers and socialists. I especially oppose bludging socialists who want to use tax payers and rate payers money to turn rivers toxic, without making the polluters pay the true cost of their pollution.

The dodgy socialist ratbags at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council got a good kick in the arse from the ?Independent? Board of Inquiry over their failure to adequately consult Maori over turning the Tukituki River toxic.

Justice Lester Chisholm floated the idea of delaying the board’s decision yesterday during the inquiry’s first sitting day following an adjournment over the Christmas break.

He was responding to submissions from Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and other Maori interests who claim the council has not met its statutory obligations to consult with local Maori over its plans to change the Hawke’s Bay Regional Resource Management Plan and build a massive dam on the Makaroro River in Central Hawke’s Bay to feed an irrigation scheme on the Ruataniwha Plains.? Read more »

Dodgy Council Spins Out of Control

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is spinning criticism about whether it has released details about their refusal to provide information to submitters on the socialist dam they are promoting.

Hawke?s Bay Regional Council refutes allegations that staff withheld information on research into toxicity for species that live in the Tukituki River, as claimed by Ngahiwi Tomoana of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

The planning rules proposed for the Tukituki River around nitrate toxicity have been developed following the research and recommendations of Dr Chris Hickey of NIWA, who developed a risk management framework for managing freshwater species. Dr Hickey?s report is leading edge science and is the first time New Zealand freshwater species have been included in the assessment of safe levels of nitrate toxicity. This research was funded partly by the nationwide Public Good Science Fund and partly by Hawke?s Bay Regional Council.? Read more »