Reaction to Board of Inquiry final decision
Joint Media Release from Hawke’s Bay Regional
Council & its Investment Company HBRIC
4 July 2014
Board of Inquiry final decision
The Hawke’s Bay Regional
Council has decided not to appeal the final decision from
the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Plan Change 6 and
Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
Protection Authority released the board’s comprehensive
final decision document last week, which gives consent to
build the scheme and also finalises the Tukituki Plan Change
6, which sets minimum flows and water quality measures for
The Council held a workshop today to brief
Councillors on the decision.
Council Chairman Fenton
Wilson says the Council believes the Tukituki River will be
protected and that the decision has the appropriate balance
between environmental and economic interests.
the Council’s Investment Company HBRIC Ltd will not be
making comment until after its board meeting on July
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>