5-4 against moves to 6-3 against the Dodgy Socialist Dam

As predicted Neil Kirton has locked in behind the majority against the Ruataniwha dam.

He isn’t fully locked in, but he can see the writing on the wall.

Returned Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor Neil Kirton will be calling for a moratorium on any Ruataniwha Dam action until the new council has “got all our ducks in a row”.

Mr Kirton, who left the council in 2013 following four terms, is one of its two new Napier councillors – based on the counting of approximately 98 per cent of the returned voting papers.

Excited to be back on council, Mr Kirton said he was looking forward to having a “good crack” at some unfinished business, and some challenges facing the council. ?

“The central issue is the dam,” he said, “my view on that is people are demanding a great deal more transparency.”

Using the David Lange adage, Mr Kirton said it was “time to stop and have a cup of tea”.

“It is particularly obvious that council need to stop and re-evaluate, re-assign, and table everything until there has been more public discussion,” he said.

Mr Kirton said he was calling for a moratorium on any future action concerning the dam, “until we’ve got all our ducks in a row”.

The ducks aren’t going to line up. Time to kill the dam.

Neil Kirton has got the message but has Craig Foss and Maggie Barry? The mood has changed in the area and National has already lost Napier to Stuart Nash. Can they afford to let Craig Foss fail too, even though he is doing a damn good job at it himself.


– HB Today