Ways the Dodgy Socialist Dam could be ended

Fenton Wilson reckons his dam juggernaut can’t be stopped despite a change in the council now favouring anti-dam supporters.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman Fenton Wilson was today reserving judgment on the possibility the election results could can plans for the Ruataniwha water storage dam in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Looking likely to have been re-elected to Wairoa’s sole seat on the council, with a 198-vote preliminary result majority over single challenger Dean Whaanga, Mr Fenton also faces a possible challenge to the chairmanship in a council observers say has dam opponents now holding the balance of power, most notably with the election of Green Party strategist Paul Bailey as one of three representing Napier.

Learning election results while attending a family birthday gathering near Hastings, Mr Wilson, said talk of a reversal of the decisions for the dam to go ahead at a cost of more than $270 million was “cheap.”

“Unravelling decision of Council made over six years doesn’t happen overnight,” he said. “It’s possible, but improbable. I’ll reserve my judgement.”

Likewise he wasn’t jumping to conclusions about the final election result, reflecting on how at the last election the Council lost some of its veterans between the declarations of a preliminary result and the eventual outcome.

“I’ll roll with the punches at this stage,” he said.

There are plenty of ways of stopping the dodgy socialist dam, even if Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson doesn?t think there is.

Firstly HBRIC could be told to cease the legal action to get the Land Swap overturned. Without the land swap the dam cannot go ahead.

If HBRIC don’t do this it would be possible for the HBRC to vote to sack the current board and appoint some people who will actually do what they are told and cease the legal action.

Or the new HBRC chair could ask for the resignation of the HBRIC directors, and tell them if they do not resign there will be a witch hunt where all their decisions are scrutinised, especially around whether they have managed the risk of political change properly. If they haven?t vigorous legal action could be taken against the current directors for failing to manage political risk properly.

That’s just to start with. There are plenty of options.

One thing is for sure Fenton Wilson is going to get so punch drunk he will be begging for a king hit to finish him off.


-HB Today