Rex Graham

Dickhead council staff piss off new council

From the merry band of halfwits who completely alienated possible opponents of the dodgy socialist dam so much?that they are fighting a lot harder.

Regional Chairman Rex Graham has taken council staff to task for not working with councillors on the Havelock North water crisis.

Graham raised the issue at today?s (Wednesday) Regional Planning Committee meeting, which was held in front of a packed public gallery.

?There has been a lot of publicity around the Havelock water issue and we are taking a bit of flack around that,? Graham told staff.

?And it just concerns me that the governance have not been involved in any of these decisions that have taken place.?

The Chairman said this was not the first time governors had raised the issue of staff not working with them.

?I would just like to note we do want to be involved and informed of what the next steps of what the next steps of our executive [who are working on this],? he said.

?[Just] so we don?t get caught out when we read the paper or get rung by somebody else.?

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Ratbag councillor stirring when she has skeletons in her own closet


Cynthia Bowers is well known to regular readers of the blog. She’s been nominated for her dodgy behaviour before.

She is also a councillor who likes to say one thing in public and quite another thing in other circumstances.

Instead of answering valid questions about her own dodgy Horse of the year projects and the corporate welfare granted secretly by the council to a water bottling plant, she is instead chucking dirt over three of the most ethical councillors in the region.

The regional councillors representing Hastings are being called on to be more transparent about the funders of their re-election campaigns.

To provide voters with transparency in the local body elections, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council candidate Cynthia Bowers is calling for all candidates to disclose donations received, citing the 2013 election donations of her opponents for the Hastings ward.

In response, councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford, and Rex Graham have blasted Ms Bowers for insulting their integrity. ? Read more »

Pressure building over dodgy socialist dam

Pressure is building over the dodgy socialist dam being proposed by the dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Four councillors, fed up with being kept in the dark and the public being kept in the dark, have embarked on a series of public meetings to inform ratepayers what their council have been up to.

It has become rather testy.

Calls for resignations were levelled at HBRIC board members at last night’s Ruataniwha Dam meeting.

The forum, the first of a series of four such discussions, was the hottest ticket in Hastings, with more than 250 people turning up. HBRIC board members Andy Pearce, Jim Scotland and Sam Robinson were also in attendance.

Organised by Tom Belford, Rex Graham, Rick Barker and Peter Beaven at Karamu High School, the regional councillors started the conversation.

Mr Graham made it clear that while it supported water storage, it was the role of the council to support and encourage private farmers’ investment and not frustrate it.

“In fact, our job is to be the regulator and insure that our rivers and streams are safe and that our farming industry, which is so important to us, works in harmony with our environment,” he said.

Mr Belford focused on the potential environmental ramifications of such an undertaking.

“Before looking at any water storage scheme the regional council should first demonstrate that it can and will ensure a cleaner, safer river by reducing nutrients and more substantially increasing flows,” he said.

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Damning indictment of dodgy socialist dam

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is on panic mode over their dodgy socialist dam.

There have been several opinion pieces from various sides in?the?HB Today, but the most damning comes from sitting councillor Rex Graham.

I have worked on the land in Hawke’s Bay all my life and know the value of good, reliable irrigation. I absolutely understand why the promoters and supporters of the Ruataniwha dam project don’t want to give up, it’s been a long journey for them and they passionately believe in this project.

But don’t we need to ask ourselves why the farmers in Central HB are not lining up to buy this water?

I also understand that recent letter writers, Mr Kirton and Mr Krebs, have asked that we keep to the facts and that is fair enough and perhaps I can help with this.

Only 15 per cent of the water is sold (refer HBRIC report March 25) and those contracts are still conditional on the dam having a workable consent, so why aren’t they signing up?

In fact, farmers representing only 29 per cent of the available water from the dam (including the 15 per cent under signed contract) have requested a copy of the water user contract, so reaching the 46 per cent required for the project to reach a positive cashflow in any timeframe is now a tough ask.

To put this another way, Farmers representing only 87 properties out of 378 properties in the irrigation footprint of the proposed dam have requested a contract.

We have now committed $18.5 million of our ratepayers’ capital to this project and not a “sod of soil has been turned”.

The “financial close” date has been moved five times and is now euphemistically described as the time when all the “Conditions Precedent” are achieved. Read more »

Extremely Dodgy Council has some good Councillors

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Regular readers will know that I have?a very, very strong aversion to socialism.

I also have a dislike for bullying behaviour by councils promoting socialism.

The worst offender at the moment is the Hawkes Bay Regional Council who want to build a dodgy socialist dam that will turn the Tukituki River Toxic.

Fortunately for the people of Hawkes Bay the socialists on the council are opposed by people who don?t want to give a huge hand out to 150 farmers and turn the Tukituki River Toxic. These councillors were sidelined by Chairman Fenton ?Jong-Un? Wilson who refused to let them see the submission the council made to the Board of Inquiry.? Read more »

Dodgy socialist council keeps councillors in the dark, and last corporate investor bails out of dam plan

The completely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council has sunk to a new low.

The council got the bum’s rush from the Board of Inquiry when they tried to get three scientists to change their story about turning the Tukituki River toxic by not managing Nitrogen. Fortunately the Board was wise to this and pointed out it couldn?t understand why three scientists had changed their mind with no real science behind it.

Now the council staff have pissed off a group of councillors by not letting them see the submission to the Board of Inquiry. The council staff seem to think that they have councillors just to rubber stamp things, not to actually have any input.

Councillor Rex Graham, on behalf of fellow councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford and Peter Beaven, has written to Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Environment Minister Amy Adams to tell them the four councillors have not had any input into the councils submission to the board of inquiry.

The councillors are upset council staff sent the submission, commenting on the boards draft proposal, without it being signed off at a council meeting.

They have asked the ministers for the opportunity to lodge their own submission on the boards proposal. “I would have thought that, as an elected representative, I would have seen [the submission] and been able to debate it,” Mr Graham told Hawkes Bay Today.

“We have to sign off documents this important. This is a fundamental, in-principle thing. We have had a board of inquiry present us with their thoughts and their proposal and we are essentially challenging that. I would have thought its huge. I would have thought its a major, fundamental thing, he said. If the executives [council staff] make the decisions, then why do we have an election?” Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Council Gives Staffer $84,500 Pay Rise

Regular readers will know we think the Hawkes Bay Regional Council is exceptionally dodgy.

They are the regulator and promoter of the dodgy socialist dam in Central Hawkes Bay, and have bullied opponents to the dam in a totally shameless way that will become a media story.

They are also the ratbags that allowed the CHB District Council to pour brown ?treated? sewage into the Waipawa River.

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Now they have paid their CE who has left to push the dodgy socialist dam through the dodgy consents process another $84,500. The non socialist members of the council have said this is a disgrace. ? Read more »

Dodgy socialist council has two sensible members

Looks like two councillors have told their ratbag chairman to go jump over his insistence to wear ties at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Two Hawke’s Bay regional councillors have defied their chairman’s request to wear ties to meetings, turning up in open-necked shirts despite a request they dress up to deal with the “formal process” of council business.

Last month, council chairman Fenton Wilson made a “request, not a demand” of the seven male councillors that they all wear ties to meetings after three turned up without them.

One of the three men who was called out last month, Rick Barker, said at the time he was happy to comply with the request and arrived for yesterday’s meeting wearing a tie.? Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Ratbag wants Politicians to Look Dodgy

Dodgy socialist ratbag Fenton Wilson, chair of the dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council, reckons that he wants other councillors to look as dodgy as he does.

He is telling them all to wear ties, even though everyone knows that ties are a badge of dodginess. The only people who wear ties these days are real estate salesmen, lawyers and politicians, the whole lot of the dodgy.

Hawke’s Bay regional councillors have been given a dressing down … about how they’re dressing down.

At the first ordinary meeting of the newly-elected council, held in Napier yesterday, three of seven male councillors arrived wearing jackets and open-neck shirts. ? Read more »