Horowhenua Council’s Secret Payout (Kapiti Independent)

From Kapiti Independent News

The Horowhenua Council’s Chief Executive confidentially agreed to provide nearly a million dollars to Te Runanga o Raukawa provided it did not object to a wastewater scheme.

Chief executive David Clapperton made the confidential agreement to provide at least $880,500 to Te Runanga o Raukawa on the proviso the Runanga withdraw its objection to council’s resource consent application to make discharges from the Foxton Waste Water Treatment Plant to Matakarapa Island.

A leaked copy of the September 2017 draft agreement states that Te Runanga o Raukawa (TRoR), “will withdraw their submissions to Horizons [regional council and] the Environment Court in respect of proceedings within 5 working days of TRoR signing this agreement.”

Obligations for Rununga

The agreement also states TRoR will, “not participate in any way (including supporting any other party) in the Foxton Waste Water Treatment Plant (FWWTP) proceedings before the Environment Court in respect of proceedings..or any other regulatory or statutory proceedings related to the current proposal for the discharge of treated human wastewater from FWWTP to land at Matakarapa…”

The agreement defines Matakarapa Island as approximately, “364.3 hectares of land to the south west of Foxton township comprising several parcels of land in ownership of several entities.”

Councillor Ross Campbell said he attended a breakfast signing event for the agreement at Foxton’s Returned Services Association (RSA) on 29 September 2017 where he was told the agreement had been signed by Larry Parr on behalf of TRoR  and Mr Clapperton behind closed doors.



3 thoughts on “Horowhenua Council’s Secret Payout (Kapiti Independent)”

  1. How can a sign off for such a large sum of ratepayers money be signed off behind closed doors? How does the system allow this to happen? Yet again it clearly demonstrates the willingness of Maori to “take backhanders”.

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    1. Welcome to HDC Neville. If you check out our Local Govt Watch pages Horowhenua, you’ll see the rot set in way back. And I’d say SOME Maori Neville. As from the days of old when the colonizer first set foot, they will find a way no matter what, & enough willing signatories is all it takes. And we know the councils are rife with this behaviour right now. They will buy off whomever is willing be they Maori or anybody else. Corruption knows no racial bounds. Sad but true.


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