Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Sludgegate Day 5 - "Some Truth Begins to Out"


Sludgegate: Day 5, a.m.:
Some Truth Begins to Out

Day Five of the Sludgegate trial continued as it did last week with constant objections from Council's legal team to matters raised in evidence. In order to advance the trial, Justice Chambers suggested that Adrian Chisholm's barrister Chris La Hatte enumerate some of the allegations on which he was attempting to call evidence. These were:

1.. Leaving a council meeting which went against her Waiheke Island Community Board colleagues, Judith Voullaire abused Chisholm, saying: "We will get you!"

2.. It appears they tried to. Four Waiheke Island Community Board members (Gordon Hodson, Judy Voullaire, Faye Storrer, Bruce Bissett) boycotted Chisholm's first public meeting which he held to present his resort application. At a later meeting he was told he himself should stay away because they intended to throw rotten fruit at him. These Community Board members then went on to reject Oneroa's northern service lane proposal because it might "help" ADC; they were asked to consider Chisholm's roading application for the resort, and rejected it; and they were asked to advise and approve of the proposal to dump sludge on the golf course on ADC's boundary - they did.

3.. Mike McQuillan and Greg Paterson, who drove the sludge decision, persuaded ADC to write to the Minister of Health in order to incriminate himself in their plan to invoke "emergency powers."

4.. At a meeting on 7 January - the first time Chisholm had been made aware of Council's plans, and the day before they began earthworks on his boundary - Council Officers told Chisholm that the sludge dump was only a small emergency field several hundred metres from the resort's boundary, when in fact they also planned a sludge dump two football fields in size of quite some permanence right along his boundary.

5.. ADC was prevented by Mike McQuillan and Greg Paterson from representing his plight at a public meeting to discuss the sludge dump.

6.. Some months later, Mike McQuillan responded to a ratepayer who had complained about Waiheke's sewage situation that they should complain to ADC, and he provided that ratepayer with ADC's contact details to do so.

7.. ADC had to resort to the use of Court Bailiffs in order to recover costs from the Council that they had been instructed by the court to provide.

8.. Earlier this year, and consequent to all the above and other matters alleged, Council undertook a private investigation into ADC. It was in trying to recover this document that ADC ended up sleeping on Christine Fletchers' couch to persuade her to honour her promise to return the document.

One wonders why Councils legal team wished this evidence ruled ou? David Walker and Charlie Crook from the council were asked to comment on the enumerated allegations, and had no response.

There will be more to come from the trial - and this reporter - this afternoon.


For further information please contact:
Peter Cresswell
Sludgegate Media Coordinator
(025) 861 927

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels