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ROLLESTON 1080 FACTORY: Has NZ’s West Coast RC been squandering ratepayer money to facilitate a private individual’s business interests?

WHY DID THE WEST COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL ACT AS BRIDGING FINANCE FOR THE 51% SHAREHOLDER OF THE ROLLESTON 1080 FACTORY? – Making a loss in the process it seems. What was wrong with using the bank?

By Carol Sawyer

The West Coast Regional Council made its initial investment in the Rolleston 1080 bait factory, Pest Control Research Ltd, in May, 2013, but did not disclose it until it was exposed by the Greymouth Star 17 months later.

See: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm…

This investment was made despite a 2010 – 2011 survey of homes in Ross, Hokitika, Hari Hari and Whataroa finding 92.5% were against their council being involved with 1080 in any manner. (Greymouth Star, 14 November, 2017)

By 2 September, 2016, the West Coast Regional Council had sunk $2,105,000 into the Rolleston factory! It was still only making prefeed baits and Pindone at this stage, and did not get consent to make 1080 baits until May, 2018.

See: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm…

The West Coast Regional Council has had a 49% share in the business since 2013 with, until 6 July, 2018, the 51% share being held by Malcolm Thomas, who had previously worked for the NZ government entity Landcare Research NZ Ltd.

See: https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/1080-factory-given-west-coast-reg…

(Pest Control Research Ltd at present has three directors – Michael Meehan, who is also CEO of the West Coast Regional Council, Matthew O’Brien, and John Wilson of Wanaka.) See: https://opencorporates.com/companies/nz/4460339

On 29 June, 2018, the West Coast Regional Council bought the 51% share in the factory from Malcolm Thomas, meaning they now owned the factory OUTRIGHT.

1. pest control partnership from WCRC report 1.7.17 to 30.6.18

As you can see from the above excerpt from the 2018 annual report, the stated intention was to dispose of the newly acquired 51% share at year end ( i.e. a day later, on 30 June, 2018 ?!). However this did not happen and the WCRC sold it on 6 July, 2018, one week later, to Matthew O’Brien of Kiwicare Corporation Ltd.

Why did Council buy it from Malcolm Thomas to sell to Matthew O’Brien, instead of letting the two sort it out themselves? I was told by someone in Council that it was to help out with bridging finance. Surely it isn’t the Regional Council’s job to squander the ratepayers’ money to facilitate some private individual’s business interests? PLUS… the annual report for the year ended 2018 states “Impairment on transfer held for sale – $272,549”. I am not an accountant but it would appear that the ratepayers took a loss of $272,549 over that transaction, for holding the business in its entirety for a week.

Normally if a businessman required bridging finance they would go to the bank. Was this too risky, and if so why were the ratepayers obliged to take the risk and bear the loss?

As regional councils go, $272,549 would generally not be a large amount of money, but one must remember that the West Coast Regional Council has the smallest ratepayer base in the country, with a total West Coast population of 32,000, and only approximately 10,000 ratepayers.

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The “pest control” business has been a disaster financially for the West Coast Regional Council. In the 2018 annual report, the Council’s ‘Vector Control Services’ were $766,046 “over budget”. Add in the seeming $272,549 loss on the PCR Ltd transfer and that comes to $1,038,595! (To put that in perspective that is, in effect, a loss of an average $104 per ratepayer.)

In that year the WCRC declared a deficit of $859,635, instead of a budgeted surplus of $561,171.

Pest Control Research Ltd made a loss for the West Coast Regional Council in this last financial year too, and the investment amount would appear to have taken a bit of a dive (?):

“1080 FACTORY LOSS FLAGGED WITH AUDIT NZ”
by Laura Mills – Greymouth Star, Nov 1st, 2019

Audit New Zealand has flagged the West Coast Regional Council’s loss related to its investment in a 1080 factory at Rolleston. The annual independent auditor’s report has just been released. Auditors said the council had included in its financial statements unaudited information relating to an investment in Pest Control Research Limited Partnership — the 1080 plant. The auditor’s report said the council’s financial statements included the share of Pest Control’s loss of $45,574, and its investment of $943,174. “The associate (Pest Control) is not a public entity and, as such, the AuditorGeneral is not its auditor. At the date of our audit report, the audit of the associate was not completed,” Chantelle Gernetzky said. “There were no satisfactory audit procedures that we could adopt to obtain sufficient evidence to confirm the financial information relating to the associate is fairly reflected.”

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1) Add in the seemingly poor business practices that led to the chemical accident on May 28 last year.

Story here: https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2376578832622429

In relation to this, I was told the following by someone in the poison business:

“Adequately trained, experienced staff working under properly documented processes and wearing the correct PPE don’t poison themselves or others. I thought long ago that there would be serious consequences if a minimalist, solely profit focused company with no experience, training, procedural documentation or proper handling equipment got into the manufacture of 1080 products.”

We still don’t know the full outcome of this accident:

Story here:
https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2553849544895356

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2) Add in seemingly poor quality products – baits past their use-by date, baits too soggy to use, and therefore condemned (and presumably buried!)

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Story here:
https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2484237481856563

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3) Add in the fact that another 1080 factory appears to be in the pipeline, further reducing PCR Ltd’s share of the poison cake – Connovation Ltd received consent to manufacture 1080 baits in March, 2019:

Story here:
https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2398825227064456

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All in all, the pot of gold some misguided West Coast Regional Councillors envisaged from the 1080 factory, Pest Control Research Ltd, has become a bucket of slime. Best get rid of it fast, I’d say!

Here are the annual reports:

West Coast Regional Council Annual Report, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

https://www.wcrc.govt.nz/…/Annua…/Annual%20Report%202019.pdf

West Coast Regional Council Annual Report, July 1 2018 to June 30, 2019

https://www.wcrc.govt.nz/…/Annua…/Annual%20Report%202019.pdf

 

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The Quiet Crisis: Deaths Caused By Alcoholism Have More Than Doubled, by Tyler Durden

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Why are so many Americans drinking themselves to death? From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Opioid overdoses may have leveled off last year after soaring over the last ten, but Americans are still dying in droves from another, far more popular substance: alcohol.

According to a series of studies cited by MarketWatch, the number of Americans drinking themselves to death has more than doubled over the last two decades, according to a sobering new report. That far outpaces the rate of population growth during the same period.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism studied the cause of death for Americans aged 16 and up between 1999 and 2017. They determined that while 35,914 deaths were tied to alcohol in 1999, it doubled to 72,558 in 2017. The rate of deaths per 100,000 soared by 50.9% from 16.9 to 25.5.

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The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits?

Definitely sustainable profits …

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The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already the second-leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases.

In India, government data indicates that cancer showed a 5 percent increase in prevalence between 2012 and 2014 with the number of new cases doubling between 1990 and 2013. The incidence of cancer for some major organs in India is the highest in the world. Reports have also drawn attention to rising rates of breast cancer in urban areas, and, in 2009, there was a reported increase in cancer rates in Tamil Nadu’s textile belt, possibly due to chemically contaminated water.

The increase in prevalence of diabetes is also worrying. By 2030, the number of diabetes patients in India is likely to rise to 101 million (World Health Organisation estimate). The number doubled to 63…

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Don’t Look, Don’t See: Time for Honest Media Reporting on Impacts of Pesticides

Most if not all of our councils in NZ are in bed with agrichem. No will whatsoever to look at the facts & ban toxic chemicals. None at all.

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The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. It stated that according to a new study air pollution is linked to the eye condition that causes blindness.

The report explained that researchers had looked at vision tests carried out on more than 111,000 people across Britain between 2006 and 2010 and cross-referenced results against levels ofair pollutionin their neighbourhoods. Those living in areas with higher amounts of fine particulate matter were at least 6% more likely to have glaucoma than those in the least polluted areas.

Glaucoma affects half a million people in the UK and can cause blindness if left untreated. However, the study cited by The Independent, published inInvestigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science,was unable to prove that air pollution was atrigger.

Following the article, environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason put together a 20-page report on…

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Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube

Aletho News

By Alan Macleod | MintPress News | January 15, 2020

Without warning, tech giant Google “permanently removed” Iranian government-owned media channel Press TV UK’s YouTube channel Monday night amid increasing American hostility to Iran.

“This attack on the freedom of speech of Press TV’s journalists seems to be part of an anti-Iran purge as the West sets its sights on regime change in Iran,” Press TV said. Its content, in its own words, focuses on “anti-imperialism, anti-racism, and covers aspects of the news which the mainstream corporate media in the United Kingdom have refused to air.”

The London-based outlet had over 28,000 subscribers on its YouTube account at the time of its deletion.

British-Sudanese journalist Ahmed Kaballo accused Google of acting like the “judge jury and executioner” for his employer’s channel, expressing his great disappointment that his journalistic output is now gone and his worry at “what…

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NARCO-POLITIK: ‘The Real Drug Lords’, A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade – By William Blum

RIELPOLITIK

Source – geopolitics.co

“…Historically, illegal drugs were being used to destroy sovereign countries, and by now the Philippines’ war on drugs is a regular headline by CIA funded journalists and media networks…In short, the Philippines’ war on drugs is a necessary measure that must be taken before the country plunges completely into another failed state”:

(How Can We Stop Drug Trafficking When It’s The CIA that’s Running the Show)

Historically, illegal drugs were being used to destroy sovereign countries, and by now the Philippines’ war on drugs is a regular headline by CIA funded journalists and media networks, and a constant object for criticism of the Soros’ Open Society Foundation funded pseudo-non-government organizations, for being brutal and violative of human rights.

Those same critics, however, failed to put their money where their mouth is, especially when it comes to helping the Duterte government rehabilitate close to a million drug…

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An experiment approved by the Lincoln University animal ethics committee saw 10 dogs from a pound fed poison then euthanized

Great ethics there Lincoln Uni. Why are you even in existence one has to wonder? I think most Unis are bought & paid for these days going by the info on 1080 and funding. It’s the way of corporations. EWR

“An experiment approved by the Lincoln University animal ethics committee saw the collection of 10 dogs from a Christchurch animal shelter that were then fed concentrated doses of poison before being euthanized.”

From tvnz.co.nz

An application from an external organisation was approved for the experiment by Lincoln University in 2010, for “trials assessing the effects of sodium nitrate during its development as a humane alternative to 1080”.

Bait containing sodium nitrate was later registered to kill possums and feral pigs in 2013.

In a statement provided by the university, no further trials approved by the animal ethics committee involved dogs.

The university says it was the responsibility of the applicant to ensure “the procurement, production, maintenance of animals as well as for the work undertaken” complied with the Animal Welfare Act and the university’s code of conduct for use of animals.

The applicant, according to the report, collected 10 dogs from a Christchurch pound to evaluate the risks of dogs eating carcasses as well as specific organs from possums that had ingested the poison.

Dogs were separated into groups, with one group being fed minced possum organs and another group fed entire carcasses.

The dogs were then monitored after the meal to see if they would present signs of sodium nitrate poisoning.

According to the report, these can include “vomiting, excessive thirst, diarrhorrea, heavy panting, the loss of coordination and methaemoglobinaemia (such as shortness of breath, cyanosis, lethargy, loss of consciousness, and bluish colouring of lips, gums, paws and nose)”.

The dogs were later euthanaised by a veterinarian at the end of the seven-day trial.

New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society spokesperson Tara Jackson says the experiment highlights how little impact ethics committees have as “even projects with this callous approach to life can be approved”.

“These experiments happen behind closed doors, and it is no surprise the public is horrified when we expose this kind of cruelty. These poor creatures were taken from a pound, fed poison, and then killed.”

Ms Jackson says her organisation has a waiting list of people willing to re-home dogs used in experiments like this.

SOURCE

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/christchurch-pound-pups-intentionally-poisoned-in-1080-alternative-experiment?fbclid=IwAR3el3wbpGH_NVnPIDamqPGatJg-XIWJQgGV5r1G80wwbG1bB6dmtcoZQpo

 

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti

I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti

One of my favourite authors … worth a read EWR

by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published August 29, 2013
January 17, 2020

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

The March on Washington took place on 28 August 1963. Despite repeated fear mongering by certain commentators and public officials who predicted there would be violence in the streets—over 250,000 people descended upon Washington D.C. in a massive show of unity and peaceful determination.

via I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti