Candidate claims new team needed after failed scheme

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Charlie Hutchison.
Charlie Hutchison.

Waipawa's Charlie "Chipper" Hutchison says a desire to see a new team going forward is his reason for standing for election to Central Hawke's Bay District Council in his home ward of Ruataniwha.

He says that in terms of the council's governance over recent years, it is what has not been said that is more important than what has been said.

The failed Waipukurau sewerage scheme, the need for the Building Control Authority Review of the building consents division, the unnecessary and damaging track in the High Street Reserve and the loss of Infracon all occurred on the current council's watch, he says.

"The council needs more transparency and councillors need to be assured that their instructions are carried out by council staff through the chief executive. This has not always been the case."

Mr Hutchison says he is opposed to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for both environmental and financial reasons.

"The costings on the dam construction have risen from $280 million to $330 million and the cost of the infrastructure has risen from $250 to $550 million.

"If this was a private investment this would not be countenanced.

"If this project is so financially viable why is there still no cornerstone investor signed or a queue a mile long wanting to invest?"

He claims that in terms of the environment those making decisions on the dam have been ignoring the science.

"Firstly, the flushing of the Tukituki river will not work.

"Secondly, central Government's insistence the Hawke's Bay Regional Council looks at the nitrogen nitrate influence is entirely correct."

He says he would like to see the study, not the guesses, of the sustainable jobs which would be generated for Central Hawke's Bay from the water storage scheme.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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