1 March 2016 MEDIA STATEMENT
A request by four Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillors for the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) to investigate the provisional buy in to the Ruataniwha dam has been supported by Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“The Council’s ‘provisional decision’ to commit $40 million of ratepayer money without any public consultation whatsoever, is a very serious matter.
“I fully support the calls for an Auditor-General investigation into this decision.
“Despite a litany of questionable decisions over Ruataniwha, we have seen no leadership from the National Government.
“Tukituki MP Craig Foss actually called the commitment of ratepayer funds a ‘positive step forward’ and continues to support the project.
“The Minister for Local Government, who has a critical leadership role to ensure good outcomes are achieved for communities, has kept silent.
“I believe the OAG is best placed to shed some light on how Council is spending the public purse.
“Hawke’s Bay ratepayers deserve transparency on how decisions to spend $40 million of their money are being made,” says Meka Whaitiri.