At least $2.6 million ratepayer funds being spent because Horowhenua DC refuses to determine mana whenua

By Veronica Harrod 18 September, 2020 At least $2.6 million ratepayer funds being spent because Council refuses to determine mana whenua. Horowhenua District Council has committed at least $1.4 million ratepayer funding to Te Rūnanga o Raukawa and $814,500 to Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and the Muaūpoko Lands Trust in two separate agreements over Levin’s Waste … Continue reading At least $2.6 million ratepayer funds being spent because Horowhenua DC refuses to determine mana whenua

Increasing numbers of dead and dying seagulls being found at Waikawa Beach on the Horowhenua coastline again

Whatever is causing the ever increasing deaths/die offs of our wildlife, you can rest assured it won’t be poisonous sprays, pesticides, pollution or 5G/emfs. Nothing to see here. EWR Veronica Harrod 1d  · 3 September:Breaking news Increasing numbers of dead and dying seagulls being found at Waikawa Beach on the Horowhenua coastline again. The first … Continue reading Increasing numbers of dead and dying seagulls being found at Waikawa Beach on the Horowhenua coastline again

The Corruption of Local Government: Plimmerton Farm, Porirua

In light of ex Mayor Feyen’s info on the Horowhenua this is on topic (see also our LG Watch pages/Horowhenua and peruse journalist Veronica Harrod’s info both here in ‘categories’ at left of page, & on Veronica’s public FB page. She writes extensively about property development). From iso.org.nz A whiff of corruption hangs over moves … Continue reading The Corruption of Local Government: Plimmerton Farm, Porirua

The state of local governance today: Hear from an insider, former Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen speaks out

Those of you who’ve followed this site for more than a year will recall the term of former Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen. During his Mayoral term at the Horowhenua District Council he was, in his own words, nothing but stonewalled & neutered. (You can read some of the goings on from that council at the … Continue reading The state of local governance today: Hear from an insider, former Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen speaks out

Horowhenua DC’s apparent conflicts of interest

Horowhenua investigative journalist Veronica Harrod has been looking at apparent conflicts of interest within the Horowhenua District Council. At this link (from the website of the Office of the Auditor General) you will see the clear rules and guidelines around declaring conflicts of interest when representing your local Council. In brief: “Under the Act, you … Continue reading Horowhenua DC’s apparent conflicts of interest

The Horowhenua DC is seeking a 35 yr resource consent to continue discharging all of Levin’s treated waste water and other contaminants onto ecologically and culturally important coastal sand dunes

Surprized at this headline? It was discovered in 2018 that HDC’s CE David Clapperton had made a secret pay out of close to a million dollars to a local iwi on the proviso they withdrew their objection to another consent to do with discharge of treated waste water. If you check out our LG Watch … Continue reading The Horowhenua DC is seeking a 35 yr resource consent to continue discharging all of Levin’s treated waste water and other contaminants onto ecologically and culturally important coastal sand dunes

“Adversarial politics is letting us down in NZ” … some thoughts on a new form of governance (Mayor of Horowhenua DC)

NOTE: when this outgoing Mayor (his term ends Friday 18th Oct) shared his plans presented here with fellow Mayors at an LG conference media were keen to report on it however when it came to the crunch they all pulled. Mainstream is basically the long arm of the new corporate regime that is currently taking … Continue reading “Adversarial politics is letting us down in NZ” … some thoughts on a new form of governance (Mayor of Horowhenua DC)

The Mayor who has had to run his own media campaign shares some insights into the current state of LG in NZ

These videos are from the Mayor of Horowhenua, Michael Feyen. This is a ‘people’s Mayor’ who, like his former deputy Cr Ross Campbell, seems as much at home digging a haangi or drying dishes as he is wearing his mayoral chains. Just into his first term as Mayor however he had most of the councilors … Continue reading The Mayor who has had to run his own media campaign shares some insights into the current state of LG in NZ

An audit reveals that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects

By Veronica Harrod At least $1.5 million of unauthorised payments made by Council Audit NZ and the Maori Land Court have both revealed evidence that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects . Audit New Zealand said there was no, “formal evidence of the existence” of … Continue reading An audit reveals that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects

The public have seen little accountability from the Horowhenua NZ Trust formed last year

From Veronica Harrod Last month Horowhenua deputy mayor Wayne Bishop’s land and property development company was sold 2.7 hectares next to land earmarked for transfer to the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust. On 2 November Wayne Bishop Investment Ltd purchased half a hectare of a former industrial site at 56-62 Cambridge Street South for $480,000 and … Continue reading The public have seen little accountability from the Horowhenua NZ Trust formed last year

The ongoing censorship of Horowhenua’s Mayor – whatever happened to democracy & free speech in NZ?

“My messages as Mayor … are very very seldom what I write … they’re always doctored to be worded differently. I like to give out some news and I usually go for all of the positive stuff, but this one really irks me… the last one, I didn’t even write any of it in the … Continue reading The ongoing censorship of Horowhenua’s Mayor – whatever happened to democracy & free speech in NZ?

Horowhenua DC does not deem it necessary to consult the public on the sale of Levin’s Focal Point Cinema

From Veronica Harrod Focal Point Cinema to be sold to Horowhenua New Zealand Trust? Horowhenua residents were told they would be consulted before public assets were sold or transferred to Horowhenua New Zealand Trust but that now looks unlikely. The Horowhenua New Zealand Trust (HNZT) – a charitable trust – will take over responsibility for … Continue reading Horowhenua DC does not deem it necessary to consult the public on the sale of Levin’s Focal Point Cinema

Debt levels at Horowhenua District Council have spiralled to $99million

And they are nit picking over Mayor Feyen helping the local Brass Band pay their insurance among other worthy causes with nary a mention of the Raukawa payout aka bribe to allow them to spray human sewage over all of those pesky wahi tapu paying lip service to their Treaty partnership. And let’s not forget … Continue reading Debt levels at Horowhenua District Council have spiralled to $99million

The sale of your public assets by council … “away from the glare of public commentary”

THIS TELLS THE WHOLE STORY. The Master Plan was the brainchild of the council’s economic development board according to a timeline in the Master Plan document. Former mayor Brendan Duffy and Mr Clapperton confirmed support for the Master Plan one day after the concept was presented to them by the board, and “In a councillor … Continue reading The sale of your public assets by council … “away from the glare of public commentary”

Public remain in the dark about plans by Horowhenua District Council to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the yet to be legally registered property trust called Horowhenua NZ Trust

More excellent investigative reporting from Veronica Harrod Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it superman? No, it’s a giant wrecking ball and its coming near you soon. The public remain in the dark about plans by Horowhenua District Council to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the recently established … Continue reading Public remain in the dark about plans by Horowhenua District Council to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the yet to be legally registered property trust called Horowhenua NZ Trust

Why are Horowhenua’s State-owned properties selling to private property developers for well below their Capital Value?

This is actually happening up & down NZ however this article by Veronica Harrod focuses on the Horowhenua. How is this fair given the pensioner housing sold at a loss of $1.86 million and the council wallows in burgeoning debt ($68 mill last time I looked) as are councils up and down the land. The … Continue reading Why are Horowhenua’s State-owned properties selling to private property developers for well below their Capital Value?

Expressway past Levin is a high stakes game to HDC’s in-house Economic Development Board

From Veronica Harrod Expressway past Levin a high stakes game The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council and council’s in-house economic development board would implode if the New Zealand Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin demonstrating just how high the stakes are. Otaki electorate MP Nathan Guy, … Continue reading Expressway past Levin is a high stakes game to HDC’s in-house Economic Development Board

Audit NZ report of Horowhenua District Council highlights continuing concerns

Horowhenua District Council lost $1.86 million on the sale of the pensioner housing and 1.1 hectare of bare land to land and property dealer Willis Bond according to a recently released Audit NZ report. The loss on the sale contradicts statements made by council’s chief executive David Clapperton in an April 5, 2017 Community Connections … Continue reading Audit NZ report of Horowhenua District Council highlights continuing concerns

Will Horowhenua ratepayers be paying for new water systems?… a demand created by land developers whom Council have exempted from Development Contributions

Veronica Harrod Information on financial impacts of new water and waste water systems still not available: All ratepayers potentially impacted. Horowhenua District Council has refused to answer a direct question on the expected financial impact on ratepayers if new water and waste water systems are installed in five targeted areas including Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau … Continue reading Will Horowhenua ratepayers be paying for new water systems?… a demand created by land developers whom Council have exempted from Development Contributions

Draconian media policy adopted by Horowhenua District Council

by Veronica Harrod Horowhenua District Council has adopted a media policy that refuses to recognise media questions unless the questions are from, “a news media organisation registered by the New Zealand Companies Office.” “Any further enquiries that are not for a news media organisation registered by the New Zealand Companies Office will be treated as … Continue reading Draconian media policy adopted by Horowhenua District Council

Why an Inquiry needs to be held into the business interests of Horowhenua District Council

A further illustration of how democracy in NZ has become a mere illusion. From Veronica Harrod. Commentary; Why an Inquiry needs to be held into the business interests of Horowhenua District Council and other matters Here’s a little story that demonstrates how and why communications is used as a weapon by Horowhenua District Council to … Continue reading Why an Inquiry needs to be held into the business interests of Horowhenua District Council

Local councils slammed for failing to supply information

This has just happened in the Horowhenua with their District Council. Info request denied regarding their Economic Development Board.  Quite a lot going on there at the moment, to read more go to investigative journalist Veronica Harrod’s page. Her articles are frequently on the Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc page where you can keep up … Continue reading Local councils slammed for failing to supply information

HDC’s master plan revealed … they’re about to sell off more of Horowhenua’s assets

A benign sounding partnership/Trust is to be formed to sell more of Horowhenua’s assets, outlined here in another of Veronica Harrod’s  excellent articles. If you watch a video I featured a few months back at the time the sales were first announced, you’ll see what ‘Public Private Partnerships’ are really about. Joan Veon (in the … Continue reading HDC’s master plan revealed … they’re about to sell off more of Horowhenua’s assets

Official Information Act request refused by Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod An Official Information Act request for the minutes of economic development board meetings held in 2016 and 2017 has been refused by Horowhenua District Council. In response to the request council’s chief executive David Clapperton said, “The Horowhenua Economic Development Board is not a committee of the Horowhenua District Council. Council is … Continue reading Official Information Act request refused by Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua: a political environment where the tail wags the dog … the steady erosion of democracy in Aotearoa

By Veronica Harrod January 15 Horowhenua: a political environment where the tail wags the dog “…the majority of Horowhenua residents are increasingly finding themselves caught in a ‘tail wagging the dog’ political environment where the economic development board is the tail determining the direction and decisions of council which is the dog and not a … Continue reading Horowhenua: a political environment where the tail wags the dog … the steady erosion of democracy in Aotearoa

Why the media silence on Horowhenua DC’s decision for no Maori ward, when Horowhenua has a high Maori population?

When the Forest Falls Silent By Veronica Harrod On November 29 there was a public notice in local community paper Horowhenua Chronicle which stated, “the [Horowhenua district] council has decided not to establish a Maori Ward within the Horowhenua District.” However, almost two weeks later [and yes I am only counting working days] this is … Continue reading Why the media silence on Horowhenua DC’s decision for no Maori ward, when Horowhenua has a high Maori population?

Shot at, assaulted, arrested, thrown in jail, drugged, car destroyed, home sledgehammered – something is very wrong with NZ’s justice system – (a must read book review)

A Book, “Man of Convictions” by Anne Hunt Reviewed by Veronica Harrod This is a book I’ve only part read but will be completing as soon as I have time. The little I’ve read is a shocking eye opener and indicative of the fact that something is terribly wrong with our justice system. Not the … Continue reading Shot at, assaulted, arrested, thrown in jail, drugged, car destroyed, home sledgehammered – something is very wrong with NZ’s justice system – (a must read book review)

“We are not in the land development game” …an intriguing tale of land and property interests owned by Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton

by Veronica Harrod “We are not in the land development game,” said Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton in response to why he and his wife Catherine Whitehouse have their company Kai Tipu Ora Ltd listed under a “Land development or subdivision (excluding construction)” industry code. He made the declaration in an exclusive interview … Continue reading “We are not in the land development game” …an intriguing tale of land and property interests owned by Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton

Joining the dots at Horowhenua District Council: What mainstream isn’t telling you

From kapitiindpendentnews.net.nz Slugging it out in the Horowhenua by Veronica Harrod What is happening in the small neck of the woods called the Horowhenua is a power struggle between conflicting agendas. On one side of the boxing ring stands Horowhenua District Council Mayor Michael Feyen, supported by councillor Ross Campbell holding the towel and the … Continue reading Joining the dots at Horowhenua District Council: What mainstream isn’t telling you

Horowhenua District Council illegally turned off & denied a resident water supply for 8 months

I believe the water has now been reinstated following news media reports on the situation. This is a story of undeniable harassment and intimidation that is shocking beyond belief. Anne Hunt’s book (link in the article) that exposes this debacle is available free for download. See also our Local Govt Watch / Horowhenua pages at … Continue reading Horowhenua District Council illegally turned off & denied a resident water supply for 8 months