Category Archives: District Councils

Fish & Game council took legal advice to ignore dead man’s wishes, leaked audit report shows

Praps you’d better think carefully when you make a bequest for you money to be used as you wish for some worthy cause when you’re gone. Or double check the wording of your will. Seems like it could be a piece of cake to overturn your wishes on how your money is spent.

From the NZ Herald

A keen fisherman left $500,000 to Fish & Game in his will for restocking rivers with salmon – but they ignored his wishes and used it for, among other things, fixing their head office.

A Fish & Game regional council took legal advice to ignore the last wishes of the keen angler, a leaked report shows.

An investigation into North Canterbury Fish & Game Council was launched earlier this year after five of its own councillors raised financial and transparency concerns and questioned how a generous bequest was being spent.

A draft review of the audit’s findings, leaked to the Herald on Sunday, also calls for the appointment of an independent chair to guide the troubled council through its difficulties.

The report reveals that passionate Christchurch fisherman James Walter McIntyre left more than $500,000 to North Canterbury Fish & Game in his will.

The conditions of the bequest, seen by the Herald on Sunday, stated: “I gift – my residuary estate to Fish & Game NZ North Canterbury. Without imposing any trust, I request that a member of the NZ Salmon Angler’s Association be present when Fish & Game NZ make any decision on using the benefit received under this will and that the benefit received be used to restock the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers with salmon.”

On March 7, 2017, the North Canterbury group received $500,000 and, on June 26, the “balance of the bequest”, a further $23,935.24.

After taking “high-level legal advice” in August last year, North Canterbury Fish & Game Council chairman Trevor Isitt advised that they were “not bound by the estate wishes”, the draft audit report states.

In March this year, $49,500 was used for improvements to the regional council’s Johns Rd head office in Christchurch.

The following month, interest on the money totalling $16,875 in two payments, was made to the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust – a separate entity with independent trustees but which receives funding from North Canterbury Fish & Game.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12133324

Some very unpleasant home truths from a Kiwi Ex-1080 poison worker

From tasmaniantimes.com

A pest worker who worked for a New Zealand local council Environment Waikato for two years, has damned 1080 poison as cruel and destructive of bird life.

Graeme Merekara Shelford, now resident in Australia, said he had a mixture of sadness and anger over the inhumane nature of the poison and that contrary to the claims of government departments and councils using the toxin, it was killing the vast numbers of bird life.

“Numerous times I was told 1080 doesn’t kill anything but possums. I was just ignorant of the damage because of what I was told, but I learned firsthand that is just not true,” he said.

The poison is used by government agencies and local councils to kill predators supposedly annihilating native birds but was killing birds themselves and insects, food for insectivorous birds such as robins and fantails.

Graeme Shelford was involved in trapping, using 1080 and also aerial drops of the poison, which often involved visiting farmers’ properties to talk to landowners before using 1080. His boss was frequently involved in arguments with farmers.

“The farmers looked at us as if we were taking their farms. They didn’t want the toxic stuff. Many of them knew how nasty 1080 is.”

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http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/article/kiwi-ex-1080-poison-worker-condemns-1080-poison/

For further info on 1080 visit our 1080 pages (main menu) which include a complete list of  resources and links. For other 1080 articles use ‘categories’ at the top left of the news page. If you’re new to the issue a must watch is Poisoning Paradise (links at our pages) a four times international award winning doco by NZ’s GrafBoys that is banned from screening in NZ. Visit their own website called tv-wild.com. They also have a channel on Youtube by the same name or search ‘GrafBoys’.

Why is the Horowhenua DC declining MBIE’s free offer to look into their cracked building?

An interesting council meeting to say the least was held at Levin on Wednesday night in the Horowhenua (29th August 2018). As usual there’s been the same old predictable coverage from mainstream media, NZ journos faithful to their masters, the long arm of NZ’s new reigning corporatocracy.

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The Herald’s coverage, that featured a super king size photo of the deputy mayor (with the essential enlargeable-to-full-screen option) focused primarily on the FB hate speech issue raised by Mayor Feyen (twisted neatly at the meeting into a ‘pot calling the kettle black scenario’) & his alleged desire to be a dictator, with nary a whisper about the constant drones over the his house. (The Mayor even had proof but no it was passed right over).

The Herald did make mention, albeit brief, of the CE’s disinclination to “accept an offer from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to conduct further structural assessments of the council building” (the one the dodgy now defunct company with a multitude of their buildings now classified earthquake prone in their wake that HDC has always seemed hell bent on protecting, I mean why would you not go after a company that left you with a cracked basement?) … and the Herald failed to mention the offer was FREE. No charge at all, yet still a firm ‘NO THANKS’ from the HDC majority.

Wouldn’t it have been smarter from all angles, to accept the offer & the opportunity to prove themselves right?

Something looks very wrong with that picture doesn’t it?


You can watch a replay of the meeting at HDC’s website. I suggest you do if you’d like to hear all the detail that mainstream media didn’t offer.  Not many watch the live stream these days which is why the Mayor asked for it to be put back, unedited, onto Facebook where it was getting up to 4,000 views. No go for all the councilors bar one. They preferred the edited edition with a mere few hundred watching.

 

Guy Burns: a sad day for local government: Kapiti is subsidising Air Chathams to the tune of $150K

The Kapiti council has a generous spirit it seems, just like the Horowhenua council that gifted $1.86 million to Willis & Bond property developers, a private company also. Really nice of them. And here, Kapiti have gifted $150K to a private airline company. Not quite as generous as Horowhenua but getting there. I am sure the ratepayers of both Kapiti & Horowhenua …. indeed throughout NZ these days are enjoying eating their cake. They had better because next of course, as everybody knows, the rates will hike sky high, easy pickings again for property developers.

Waikanae Watch

Air Chathams Air Chathams has flown profitably from the mainland to the Chatham Islands since 1984 — the KCDC courted them to fly from Paraparaumu to Auckland.  “No problem,” said Air Chathams, “provided you subsidise us.”  “Sure,” said councilors, “how much do you want?”

 “It’s a sad day for local government in Kapiti” says Guy Burns in response to news Kapiti Coast District Council will give $150,000 to help Air Chathams start flying from Paraparaumu to Auckland.

 “Councillors have shown poor judgement handing over ratepayers’ money to a private, profit making business. Air Chathams needs to stand on its own feet if it thinks it’s feasible to fly out of Paraparaumu.

 “Rate rises are high, debt levels have sky rocketed. There’s no place for local government subsidising private enterprise. In fact KCDC have lost millions over the years in failed attempts to promote economic development.

 “KCDC should stick to the basics of…

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Private investors to make a killing From Auckland Transport Projects

A must watch on this topic is Joan Veon’s ‘Public Private Partnerships’:
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS ARE AN ARM OF THE WORLD’S GROWING CORPORATOCRACY & THEIR BOTTOM LINE IS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE ASSETS OF GOVERNMENT … JOAN VEON


 

From democrats.org.nz

Labour buddies Phil Twyford and Phil Goff have unleashed a stampede of financial pariahs who will be jostling for a share of the profits from financing the $28 billion in Auckland transport projects they jointly announced on Thursday.

Despite having promised before the election to stop the Public Private Partnership schemes of the previous National government, this latest announcement goes even further down the road of privatising new assets.

The new transport projects will be financed by combination of PPPs and Crown Investment Partners, a government owned PPP scheme in disguise, “which is all about introducing outside capital and attract[ing] co-investment from the private or other sectors”.

Labour used to be the party for the workers but it has just proved it really has turned into a party that shovels taxpayer money into the pockets of the rich, the overseas banks, and the international money shufflers. 

Their big profits will be coming straight out of taxpayer’s pockets, who will effectively rent the new transport facilities, having to pay for the construction of the projects and a premium for the lender’s profits.

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https://www.democrats.org.nz/News/NewsItem/tabid/119/ArticleId/5667/Private-investors-to-make-a-killing-From-Auckland-Transport-Projects.aspx

“Public should not have been excluded”: more on the Council front, this time Napier

Familiar story isn’t it? Public excluded. Causing ongoing controversy everywhere. What 14484651_1472593802754892_3596900895775183479_n.jpgare they hiding? Oh, that’s right. Sensitive information. Sure. It’s not rocket science is it with everything else that they’re making headlines for these days? Especially recent revelations on the developers’ & fire sale prices in the Horowhenua.  Anyway, this one is on the topic of a Councilor’s personal safety & water.  That clean green stuff we’re known for internationally, right? That’s found in possibly just 40% of our rivers now. Oh well, business is good, and that’s the main thing isn’t it? On the safety topic, that’s a growing issue too as some Horowhenua folk found out when they decided in 2016 to highlight Council’s role in polluting the local waterways. Same happened to a Councilor for doing the same in 2004. Interesting times people.
EnvirowatchRangitikei



From Stuff.co.nz

The public should not have been excluded from a council meeting in which a city’s drinking water supply was discussed, the Ombudsman’s office has found.

Napier City Council excluded the public from attending all items of its Audit and Risk Committee meeting on December 7 last year. The major item on the agenda was titled ‘Update on Water Supply – Drinking Water Quality Improvements’.

The meeting was held just three days after the council told ratepayers they needed to urgently cut down on water use as water levels were about to run out, and just weeks after Stuff had revealed that the council was failing to meet national Drinking Water Standards that had been in place since 2008.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/hawkes-bay/103531119/public-should-not-have-been-excluded-from-napier-council-meeting-says-ombudsman

EXPONENTIAL RATES INCREASES, SOCIALIST COUNCILS, DEBT-BONDAGE AND SERFDOM IN NZ – an exposé by Dr Naomi Jacobs

From Dr Naomi Jacobs

“I decided to write the book following my initial shock in reading the New Zealand Herald, November 3, 2012, article, Kaipara rates rebellion grows,’ about the huge, extortionate 40% property rates/tax increases being imposed by Kaipara District Council on ratepayers in New Zealand.

After an extensive study of Marxism/Socialism/Communism over many years – upon reading the article, it immediately became plain to me that what was happening to Kaipara citizens and ratepayers was not only unique to New Zealand – but was part of a global plot now taking place in all countries planned many years ago by the British Fabian Society.

Basically, I believe, Kaipara District Council is being insidiously used as a “test case …”

Read More:  January 2013 Letter Naomi Jacobs (pdf)

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 new norm. Next of course will be rates rises to cover this debt & woe betide anybody who complains about that. Never mind the obvious mismanagement of funds on high by very well paid CEs everywhere. Our grandparents who helped accumulate these assets must be turning in their graves… EnvirowatchRangitikei


From Veronica Harrod

 

Land and development company owned by council deputy mayor Wayne Bishop purchased former Horowhenua Hospital site in 2014.

A land and property development company owned by Horowhenua District Council deputy mayor Wayne Bishop paid less than a quarter of the Capital Value for Levin’s former Horowhenua Hospital site in 2014.

According to the Quotable Values database the 4.92 hectare site listed as “Other-Health/Medical” which had a Capital Value of $3.8 million was sold to Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd on August 2014 for $968,000.

Cr Bishop also purchased the 48 hectare former Kimberley Hospital site on leasehold land in 2014 from MidCentral Health where he has been developing a staged “gated” 500 housing lifestyle development called Speldhurst Country Estate. In one year the RV of the former Kimberley Hospital site sky-rocketed from $3.8 million to $11.8 million.

Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd has made three other strategic land purchases adjacent to the former Horowhenua Hospital site including, in one instance, one he paid over six times the Registered Valuation (RV) for.

According to the Quotable Value database on 13 August 2014 Wayne Bishop Investments paid $968,000 for a residential-vacant lot in Hinemoa Street which had a RV of $165,000.

Two years later on September 1, 2016 Wayne Bishop Investments paid $1.2 million, double the RV of $520,000, for 2.33 hectares of land next to the former hospital site which means he owns 10.5 hectares of prime real estate land on Liverpool Street.

His company also purchased another 3.6 hectare block of land behind the former hospital site where Hinemoa Street and Awatea Street joins with Waimarie Park.

Last year the council voted in a publicly excluded council meeting to sell the council owned pensioner housing portfolio for a firesale price of $5.2 million to land and property developer Willis Bond which includes pensioner housing units at Waimarie Park.

An Audit NZ report for the Year ending 30 June 2017 presented to the public for the first time at the February 18 Finance, Audit and Risk committee revealed the council lost $1.86 million on the sale of the pensioner housing and 1.1 hectare of land to Willis Bond.

According to a leaked copy of the terms of sale Willis Bond are only required to retain the pensioner housing portfolio as community housing until 2029 but the public don’t know whether Cr Bishop has a conflict of interest or whether he declared a conflict of interest, because voting was done behind closed doors.

Cr Bishop has three land and development companies including Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd, Wayne Bishop Builder and Wayne Bishop that collectively own extensive land and property interests across New Zealand including Horowhenua.

After he was elected Cr Bishop openly stated in a media interview he would represent the “development community”, a euphemism for land and property developers, and revealed he had four Horowhenua land and property developments on the go.

He is now in an influential council position as deputy mayor and deputy chair of the council’s in-house economic development board, which has multi-million dollar vested interests in land and property development and construction industries.

Since he was elected to council in 2011, after securing 519 of 2189 votes, council has become increasingly involved in pushing a land and development agenda – including rolling out an extensive number of land and development projects – to such an extent the district is now referred to as the construction hub of the lower North Island.


Veronica Harrod is a qualified journalist with a Master of Communications specialising in traditional and new media content. Investigating and reporting on political, economic and legislative trends that negatively impact on the day to day lives of people is one of her main areas of interest. Lifestyle content she is interested in includes celebrating our own especially the tireless work community advocates do as civil citizens participating in democracy to keep those in power on their toes. In a media age dominated by a multi billion dollar communications and public relations industry paid to manipulate information to protect and advance the interests of the few over the many there have to be journalists who are impervious to the all pervasive influencial role they have over local and central government and corporate interests.

For more information about Veronica’s professional qualifications see her Facebook page.


RELATED:
Massive Rates Rises Predicted in Horowhenua that will Subsidize Land Developers Reaping Potential Profits of Over $100 Million
THE ILLUSION OF DEMOCRACY – HOROWHENUA DISTRICT COUNCIL IS ROLLING ITS NEW DEPUTY MAYOR AND WON’T BE OPENING THE BOOKS … WHAT’S TO HIDE?

NOTE: Cr Campbell was originally removed from his new post as DM because he had spoken out about conflicts of interest within council as I recall it at that meeting which was preceded by a public protest and also streamed.

Things are not right on NZ’s District Council front as yet another Councillor cites bullying & quits

The quitting Councillor who cites bullying as his reason for departure is from the South Wairarapa District Council. Bullying was also reported in the Horowhenua by a now ex Councillor Mrs Anne Hunt. (Read here also on that). Another Clr spoke out about being told how to vote (& I’ve heard two other occasions/councils elsewhere that that happens that I can’t cite names for).  For your perusal here are a few more:

Claims of bullying, blackmail at Wanganui District Council (2012)
Gore District Council accused of ‘bullying’ (2008)
Horowhenua Mayor says he won’t cave to ‘bullies’ (2017)
Council bullying case costs $300,000 (2012)
Accusation of ‘bullying’ over Marlborough Council leak
Bullying Auckland Council
Cowboy park owner claims council’s bullying him (Westland 2016)

Obviously all is not well on the District Council fronts these days. (Not if you value honesty, transparency and due process that is). If you’ve noticed the same you need to read up on (UN) Agenda 21/30, see our pages at the main menu. Particularly you should read Dr Naomi Jacobs’ downloadable ebook on those pages. She throws a whole lot of light on what’s really going on … she wrote that after seeing the debacle that happened at NZ’s Kaipara/Mangawhai and their escalating rates. Also see the Local Govt Watch pages for more info on that. Rodney’s another interesting one where a gentleman lost his house & business for speaking up about council corruption. And of course our own Horowhenua where the new deputy Mayor’s post was very short lived & they also steadily refuse to open the books. Much like Auckland at present witness Penny Bright’s battle over that one. And so it just keeps coming. You need to watch this one especially as your rates continue to escalate exponentially, while your CEs sit on obscenely bloated salaries (Horowhenua $250K, some districts are over half a mill, Ak is $690K) and under their highly paid (incompetent?) watch your council debts climb through the roof. Seventy odd million Horowhenua’s was two years ago (some said $100 mill) and nobody in Council blinks an eye aside from the whistle blowers who do see something wrong with it. Something’s not right in the state of Denmark folks. As the saying goes.   EnvirowatchRangitikei


From Wairarapa times-age.co.nz

A South Wairarapa councillor has resigned, citing “no confidence” in the mayor and district council’s chief executive.

Dayle Harwood emailed South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier and his former fellow councillors yesterday with the news.

Mrs Napier has accepted his resignation and plans to be in touch with Local Government New Zealand today to begin the process of finding a replacement via a by-election.

Mr Harwood told the Times-Age he was sick and tired of the “pettiness” and “elements of bullying” that went on behind the scenes.

He was elected onto South Wairarapa District Council (SWDC) for the Featherston ward in 2016.

He said there needed to be a change of attitude, and South Wairarapa needed a clear, new vision going forward.

“It’s time the council be led properly, and South Wairarapa deserves that. They voted against amalgamation, so they think this is a better model. The council needs to prove it, and they’re not doing that.”

He said he was also fed up with SWDC chief executive Paul Crimp not taking responsibility for issues that he was accountable for.

“I personally have no confidence in the mayor and CEO and I wish them all the best.”

Mr Crimp said Mr Harwood’s comments would be taken on board.

“As with any situation like this, we’ll look at the messages coming out and see what improvements, if any, need to be made.”

Mr Harwood said he “wasn’t getting any back up” from other councillors, and that SWDC did not appreciate his outspokenness.

“I felt it was just me up against the whole council.”

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https://times-age.co.nz/councillor-quits-cites-bullying/


Closing on the note of council debts. Here is the Horowhenua Councillor Ross Campbell who was ousted from his new role as Deputy Mayor shortly after being appointed by the newly elected mayor who is of the same persuasion (prefers clean water, transparency, paying down debt not inflating it etc etc). The main reason cited at Cr Campbell’s ousting being speaking out about matters considered in-house or words to that effect on the modus operandi of the Economic Development Cttee (now Board where non elected members are privy to inside business / council info). The main offending matter is contained in a video at this link. In the video below he speaks about the ballooning debt of Horowhenua DC.