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. ?

The chief executive of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s investment company has been given an $84,500 rise to $380,000 to recognise his increased workload – but several councillors have described it as excessive.

The Dominion Post understands four councillors – Rex Graham, Rick Barker, Tom Belford and Peter Beaven – voted against the increase for Andrew Newman, who is also chief executive of the council.

Mr Graham said yesterday that he and his wife worked with people in Flaxmere “who earn $25,000 to $30,000 a year working hard and trying to raise their families, and I just don’t think there is any justification for a person getting such an $84,000 pay increase”.

“I just think it’s disgraceful.”

What is even more disgraceful is the council processes used to try to keep this secret.

Expect the council to face more scrutiny over their processes which are as dodgy as can be expected from a pack of socialist bullies.

This all smacks of the same kind of problems Christchurch had with its highly unpopular CE Tony Marryatt and former mayor Bob Parker.