Water supply

Nobody dares to speak the truth: Wellington is Effed

When the Kaikoura quake struck it did more than root up Kaikoura, a few farms, a road and a rail line, it also screwed up Wellington.

Buildings are being pulled down, and the port is rooted…so too is the water supply:

Quake-damaged pipes in Wellington are leaking around one million litres of water every day.

The system has been in this state since the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake, but authorities have no idea where the quake-damaged pipes are in the network.   Read more »

Will Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson take a dip in the Tukituki?

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Has Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson got the stones to swim in the Tukituki River?

Come on Fenton, take a swim. It’s safe you know.

The cleanliness of the Tukituki River will purportedly be “proven” by Hawke’s Bay Regional and Hastings District councillors this weekend, when they go for a “spring swim” in it – a message proclaimed by posters dotted around Hastings.

The flyers, which went up in the CBD at the weekend, state that councillors will prove to the public that there is no contamination in the Tukituki, by taking a dip in it this Sunday.

Although they feature the logos of both councils on them, representatives have denied any council involvement.

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said “this certainly has nothing to do with the council, and it’s certainly not for real”.   Read more »

Fat Tony fires up on the Dodgy Socialist Dam

Labour’s best ever fundraiser and solid operator behind the scene, Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams is fired up over the dodgy socialist dam.…and for a socialist that means something.

IT’S THE Local Authority Election season and I hope that given the contaminated water disaster in Havelock North, local voters will be more engaged with the process than they were last time round when only about four in ten eligible voters bothered to cast a ballot.

Having sold my property in Havelock North, I won’t have a vote this time, but as many of my family still makes its home in the Bay, I will be rattling many cages.

I will watch the results of the Regional Council election with great interest.

With the drinking water disaster in Havelock North, the local election should turn into a referendum on water management and as this a Regional Council responsibility; it is that Council that is and should be in the cross-hairs.

Yes, it should. It has become clear that the councils have no control over the waterways, either by design or through indolence and sloppy governance.

At present The Regional Council is divided five votes to four on the on the biggest water project, the proposed Ruataniwha Dam, with a narrow majority in favour of this massive gamble with your money.

The group of Councillors driving the project consists of Alan Dick, David Pipe and Christine Scott representing Napier, Chairman Fenton Wilson from Wairoa and Debbie Hewitt from Central Hawke’s Bay.

They would be desperately hoping that the whole matter was settled before the election which might well upset their plan for the dam.

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Terror. The product of Terrorism. And it is working well

The French Army was last night protecting water facilities around Paris amid fears of a chemical attack by Islamic State terrorists.

Scientists were carrying out tests on the city’s water supply after equipment used to guard against chemical products, including protective suits, was stolen from a Paris hospital.

In other developments yesterday:

  • Brussels was in lockdown over the threat of an imminent Paris-style attack. The country terror threat level was raised over ‘precise information of possible multiple gun and bomb attacks’. Armed police and soldiers patrolled the streets, shops were closed, sporting events cancelled and the underground metro system closed.
  • Six British men of Pakistani origin were arrested last night while travelling through Belgium in three old ambulances. They were thought to be travelling on an aid convoy – possibly destined for Syria – and police searched the vehicles. One of the men is known to British police, it was reported.
  • Police raided a property in the Brussels suburb of Moolenbeek, described as the ‘jihadi capital of Europe’ and home to three of the Paris gunmen. Officers confiscated three guns.
  • Police commandos arrested four people in a suspicious vehicle at the Place du Grand Sablon in Brussels.
  • Turkish authorities detained a Belgian man of Moroccan origin on suspicion he scouted out the target sites for the Paris attacks. Paris Water president Célia Blauel confirmed that water samples were being analysed and six vital sites were under armed guard.

Basically, we are now jumping at our own shadows.    Read more »

Riddle me this: if 1080 only kills possums, why aren’t dogs allowed in after a drop?

The Council is carpet bombing the Hunua ranges…where only possums will die…if we believe the experts.

Oh hang on a minute….

Dog-owners will be discouraged from taking their pets into Auckland’s Hunua Ranges for at least four months after a major drop of 1080 poison began today.

Watercare has taken two of its four Hunua supply dams out of service until they receive a clean bill of health, and three regional parks have been closed to the public for five days.    Read more »

Auckland City commence poisoning the city’s water supply

 Auckland City has commenced poisoning the city’s water supply.

There is no way that 1080 will magically avoid kōkako or Hochstetter’s frogs.  It’s a blunt ugly tool, and the whole forest goes dead quiet for a year or two after a 1080 drop.

A 1080 poison drop on Auckland’s Hunua Ranges – where 60 percent of the city’s water supply comes from – begins today.

The drop is part of a strategy will target a plague of rats and possums threatening native species in the ranges.

It will be made in three stages over two weeks, starting today with non-toxic bait to get the pests used to it, and the poison will follow in about a week.

Auckland Council said a total of about 50 tonnes of bait would be dropped over 21,500 hectares.

The Council’s biodiversity manager Rachel Kelleher said there would be a lot of testing after the drops.

“Monitoring the actual pests that we are targeting, through to monitoring of non-target species, or species we are trying to protect, like the kōkako or Hochstetter’s frogs.   Read more »

NZ’s dodgiest LBP Nominee – Tricia Cheel

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Tricia Cheel – Charlatan, ratbag and tinfoil-hat wearer

Most of the profiles of the hopeful and hopeless presented so far have distinguished themselves in the fields of financial incompetence or legal mischief.

Here’s a candidate for Auckland Mayor, the Albany Ward and the Auckland District Health Board who qualifies by ticking two dingbat boxes:

An anti-fluoridationist who is also a Homeopath.

After many years feeling only half alive was totally astonished to find health improved dramatically in 2012 when simply stopped drinking fluoridated tap water!

Now fighting fit to get rid of highly toxic hydrofluosilicic acid from our water supply, and have 23 years experience with proven organic methods to replace the nasty pesticides presently used for weed control. Auckland could be “As Free As” possible of toxic chemicals, waste & other pollution so the people can flourish without these burdens.  Read more »

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.

Here is a very interesting dilemma for Auckland Council and Len. The growth of Auckland requires infrastructure to service it. Only they have not enough potable water so it means they want more from the Waikato River. But they can’t get more unless other permits are given up and Mighty River Power is fighting for priority over water rights.

Whereas Contact and Mighty River’s interests lie in the upper stretches of the Waikato, Watercare is a bottom-end user. Its appeal against the RPS reflects the reality that its thirst for future water comes a long way down the list, even though municipal water suppliers are accorded priority status.

New applicants have been lined up for some time ahead of Watercare for a share in available Waikato flow, meaning Auckland’s water company will get an assured supply only if a permit holder gives up its consented take, more water becomes available or if the regional council decides not to renew consents when they expire at the usual term of 10 years.  Read more »