Waipawa river

Prosecute the polluting councils

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they'd rather be hunting

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they’d rather be hunting

Councils are supposed to uphold by-laws and they do against their own ratepayers.

Recently we say a farmer prosecuted for polluting a stream because of his ham-fisted method of willow tree extraction. Farmers and businesses are regularly prosecuted as well by councils when unauthorised or exceesive discharges are made into stream and rivers.

But what do you do when the polluter is the council, and the Regional Council above them refuses to prosecute them.

That is what is happening in the Hawkes Bay where the Central Hawkes Bay District Council is continually breaching sewage discharge permits and has been for more than 10 years.

If it was a farmer they would have been hauled before the courts and prosecuted and fined massive amounts of money…but not this crowd.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council could face private prosecution of its members over failures of its wastewater system.

The council is in breach of discharge consents which have been in place just three months.

The possibility of the prosecutions has been raised by Friends of the Tukituki spokesman and political campaigner Simon Lusk, who told Radio New Zealand if the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council would not prosecute, then the group would look at prosecuting CHB councillors and Regional Council staff, Mr Lusk says, are “failing to uphold their statutory obligations”.

CHB Mayor Peter Butler said “they” had threatened the council with prosecution before, and council chief executive John Freeman said he received a letter from the group last month. “My understanding is you can’t prosecute against individuals on the council,” Mr Freeman said. He said the two councils and the Friends of the Tukituki “all want the same outcome” – to ensure the river is free of any unwanted discharge.

“Any prosecution would be a distraction and a waste of time and money which would be better spent ensuring it [the system] is up and running properly,” Mr Freeman said. Regional council staff have decided against prosecuting the council despite six breaches of the discharge consents since they came into effect in October.

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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 »

Stop the dam and clean up the river top wine maker tells Council

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river from the council treatment plant

John Buck is angry about the state of the Waipawa River and has written to the Hawkes Bay Regional Council to tell them to stop the dam, at least until they have fixed the problem of discharging sewage into river.

BayBuzz reports:

Yesterday, John Buck, owner of Te Mata Estate Winery, asked Councillor Rex Graham to share this message with other Regional Councillors ?

?The blog Whale Oil, currently the most widely read of New Zealand?s blogs, yesterday carried a colour photograph of human excrement being discharged from the Waipawa effluent ponds in to the Waipawa River. The accompanying text quotes a Steve Thrush who claims that despite making adjustments the plant is still meeting the conditions of its resource consent.? Read more »

Should a Dodgy Socialist Council be Allowed to Pour Sewage into a River?

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Waipawa River and town effluent

The Socialist Central Hawkes Bay Council believe that they have a right to pour brown sewage water into the Waipawa River.

As this photo shows the clear Waipawa River has shit poured into it from the Waipawa effluent ponds.? Read more »

Central Hawkes Bay Council thinks their sh*t doesn’t stink

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

The dodgy socialist council in Central Hawkes Bay keeps sticking their hand out for money to ?save? their district, as long as someone else pays for it.

They have bludged off the regional council so they can stop pouring shit into the rivers, because they won’t pay for it themselves.

Now they are claiming that their shit doesn?t stink, and hasn?t stunk up the river.

The council’s technical services manager, Steve Thrush, says the new plant in Waipawa has been offline for adjustments since before Christmas, but it is still meeting the conditions of its resource consent.? Read more »

Dodgy Bludging Socialist Ratbag Mayor Doesn?t Like Maori

Central Hawkes Bay and bad tempered old white bludging?socialist mayor Peter Butler has sent what must be assumed?to be a drunken angrygram to his councilors. He has a had a?big sook like all socialist bludgers do when someone tells?them their pet socialist project is dodgy.

The entire Ruataniwha Water Storage Project has proceeded?based on massive bullying of all stakeholders who dont agree?with the socialist vision of turning the Tukituki Toxic so?150 farmers can make a profit. Four external stakeholders,?doing their job, have been bullied by dam proponents who want?stakeholders with legitimate concerns sacked for questioning?the HBRC’s socialist dam. So it is little surprise that when?stakeholders get a small win some drunken fool of a mayor?has a go at the stakeholders.

What’s worse is the attack on Maori in Peter Butler’s drunken?email to councillors. Iwi hadn’t been consulted properly, as?required on under Section 35 of the RMA, and the extremely?dodgy HBRC played favourites, essentially buying off the?upper river iwi ring-ins and ignoring the lower reaches. The?cultural assessment by the HBRC’s Uncle Toms was undertaken?by someone who had no experience in cultural assessments and?found NO culturally significant sites the entire length the?Tukituki.? Read more »

Stinking up the joint over Ruataniwha

Andrea Vance writes about the dodgy behaviour of Nick Smith over the Ruataniwha dam.

You could get tied in knots trying to explain the Ruataniwha Dam mini-scandal enveloping Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

Smith certainly has, and it has left a pong as pungent as a river polluted with cow excrement.

What it boils down to is the perception of political influence. The Department of Conservation prepared a submission to an Environmental Protection Agency Board of Inquiry examining the proposed irrigation dam. They concluded it was “risky”, “untested” “inappropriate” and could pollute the Tukituki and Waipawa Rivers.

Two days after Smith was told about the proposal it was withdrawn and replaced with a diluted, two-paragraph submission. Smith has repeatedly insisted he learned about the existence of the report only last week, from a radio bulletin.

Documents later surfaced to show he had been briefed and had expressed concerns. Smith’s explanation for this inconsistency is that he saw only the final copy, not the original 32-page draft. He was, to use his own words, dancing on the head of a pin.

The problem with his account is that it is evident he was told enough about the tenor of the report to express concerns and ask to see it.? Read more »

Ruataniwha explodes in Minister’s face

I’ve been blogging about the ill-conceived plan for the Ruataniwha dam and wrecking the Tukituki river in the process. On top of that the council and government are plowing ahead committing taxpayer and ratepayer funds to a dam with little economic benefit.

I’ve been attacked for my stance but now the evidence that I have been aware of for several months is starting to leak into the public domain.

This is not going to have a good outcome for Nick Smith.

A draft Department of Conservation submission on the Ruataniwha Dam water storage project says the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council proposal is a risky and untested approach to water management which could kill the rivers involved.

The draft submission obtained by?Radio New Zealand News?was written for the Board of Inquiry into the dam, but was not submitted. Instead, DoC submitted a brief “neutral” document which does not raise concerns about what could happen to water quality and the dangers for at-risk fish species in the Tukituki and Waipawa Rivers and tributaries.? Read more »

Pouring Shit into Rivers, Ctd

The other day I blogged about the Central Hawkes Bay District Council pouring shit into the Tukituki and Waipawa Rivers.

Tomorrow is the last day for submissions on this.

If you don?t think it is good enough to pour shit into rivers you can tell the CHB council by?submitting to their draft Long Term Plan.

Tell them you expect them to adhere by the following consents:

Waipukarau Discharge DP030231Wa & DP030859Aa
Waipawa Discharge DP030232Wa & DP030860Aa

You can see where the shit goes into the Tukituki from the settling ponds in the picture below.

The Waipawa has shit poured into it here:

Pouring shit into rivers

It isn’t just dairy farmers that pour shit into rivers. Councils are doing it too.

This has happened for years all over the country, and councils have failed to take action. Usually they put off fixing sewerage schemes so the next council has to raise rates to fund a scheme, and try all sorts of weasel clauses to get out of stopping pouring shit into rivers.

I met some people in Hawkes Bay who have been trying to get the Central Hawkes Bay District Council to stop pouring shit in to the Tukituki and Waipawa rivers since 2004. In 2008 they thought they had an Environment Court ruling and some resource consents that told them they could only pour shit into rivers until September 30th, 2014.

Now they are claiming to ratepayers they have another ten years in their latest newsletter. They don?t. They have to obey the resource consents unless they get approval from the private citizens who litigated against them to get the final date. The chances of the private citizens agreeing to a change apparently is nil, but expect the council to weasel out if they can.

If you don?t think it is good enough to pour shit into rivers you can tell the CHB council by submitting to their draft Long Term Plan.

Tell them you expect them to adhere by the following consents:

Waipukarau Discharge DP030231Wa & DP030859Aa
Waipawa Discharge DP030232Wa & DP030860Aa

You can see where the shit goes into the Tukituki from the settling ponds in the picture below.

The Waipawa has shit poured into it here:

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