Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Public Excluded

MEDIA RELEASE:

Transparent Hawke’s Bay Inc

24 August, 2014

Public Excluded

Transparent Hawke’s Bay spokesperson, Pauline Elliott, says it is of extreme concern to see the agenda item “Investment Company re-forecasting” is to be public excluded at tomorrow’s Regional Council meeting.

Ms Elliott says the Regional Council has spent millions of rate payer monies so far on progressing the Ruataniwha scheme and is still a very long way from a result. “The original establishment budget was less than $5m, it now stands at $13.6m and rising” she says.

“This is the second request this year for a reforecast of the budget for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. In April, a request was approved for an additional $2million to cover an extended ‘financial close’ date. So when, exactly, is ‘financial close’? This appears to be a moving target, depending on confirmed investors and water user agreements, a firm construction cost, and a workable consent. We are now told this is unlikely to happen before the first quarter of 2015.

“Costs are escalating and the public has a right to know how their money is being spent. This is not a private corporation. It is a ratepayer owned investment company. Yet the public are being told they will be excluded from hearing just how much further funding is needed, and why” says Ms Elliott.

Transparent Hawke’s Bay has made a request to Council Chair, Fenton Wilson, to have this agenda item discussed in open meeting, and would encourage members of the public to attend the meeting at the Regional Council, Dalton Street, Napier. Wednesday 27th from 9am.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels