Thursday, October 10, 2013

Taradale Leading Returns

Well done to Taradale voters who have hit 47% for returns in the election. That is a great response and means the returns will surpass those of the 2010 election substantially. I wonder if there is a particular issue that has seen a boost in the last few days? Could it be the amalgamation issue or something else.? One day to go.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thought Provoking Article

I think most of us value democracy highly and yet at the present time there are a number of challenges that have an unnerving effect on the basis of our society. In recent years we have seen a council sacked and replaced by appointed people where there is no accountability to the ratepayers they are supposed to represent. Patrick O'Sullivan (Hawkes Bay Today) suggests in an article covering the controversial Ruataniwha Dam that it may be possible if Cunliffe gains power, that Labour may sack a newly elected council over the seemingly poor handling of the dam consent process. This would be an appalling move and one would hope it never eventuates. A new council may well have the ability to attack this issue head on and get to the bottom of the problems and more to the point flush out the core people or persons responsible for the debacle we now have. I have my own theories and would love to get my bum on a seat at the council so that the process could be started. Democracy must rule and I would take a dim view of any government that would usurp the rights of the people.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Final Week

We enter the final week of the 2013 local body elections with returns much the same as the 2010 election. I would urge all Napier people who have not voted to make an effort today or tomorrow and get the papers in the mail. I think this is a very important election for the future of Hawkes Bay and would like to think the better media coverage this time round will see a better response from electors. Don't wait!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Regional Council Media Complaint

The Regional Council complained about the media coverage (National programme) of DOC's submission and how it appeared that it had been interfered with. I don't recall a situation where during an election campaign a council has been so sensitive to questioning or scrutiny of its actions. This is in the same vein as the senior council staff putting out a statement supporting their boss after claims staff had been pressured to leave. Does this not ring alarm bells.? Does this not suggest something is not right in the organisation? Well if elected I can assure everyone I want to get to the bottom of what is going on.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Local Media Quiet

Well there has been coverage of issues such as the dam,wrecked hoardings,flouridation etc but as the voting period ticks away it has gone a bit quiet. I mean to have an issue such as mowing grass berms become a big issues at this stage in Auckland is really inspiring. Talkback and websites all on about mowing berms! Why have we not had something like the Hastings District huge debt as a local issue? Amalgamation has been tackled in a tentative manner but that should have been tackled head on with Hastings candidates tested a little more on this issue. We have almost reached the last few days for voting with the weekend probably the last opportunity to get the forms off the fridge and onto the table for a little discussion before sending of on Monday. Obviously go for me , for Regional Council Napier.

Voting Catching Up

Voting returns have jumped a little this week with numbers from some areas reaching the same as last election. Maybe this is a sign that people are making a decision after reading material available to them or they have responded to issues aired in the media that have helped them make up their mind and make the tick. Lets hope the returns will be up on last election.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Funding for Dam

I would certainly like some feedback on whether ratepayers should be funding the Ruataniwha dam to the tune of $80m. There are arguments for and against the dam itself but is it an investment for ratepayers or a liability? Other 'investors' are showing interest in supplying major funding but that is before we have seen whether there will be enough buy in from producers. Figures quoted on radio last week suggested that the water would be substantially more per cubic metre than other projects in the South Island. Can this project be be justified ?