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HOROWHENUA DISTRICT COUNCIL? ARE THEY ON THE RIGHT TRACK OR HAVE THEY OVERSTEPPED THEIR LIMIT
Already one of the worst polluted lakes in NZ with no end in sight.
The lakebed, dewatered zone, islands and the Hokio Stream are owned by beneficial members of the Muaupoko tribe 1511 of them constitute in 81 shares, as determined by the Reserves and other Lands Disposal Act (ROLD) 1956. The lake waters Muaupoko Domain, dewatered zone and one chain reserve strip in front of the Muaupoko Domain are vested under the Reserves Act 1977 in the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board. To date they have achieved nothing and even today sewerage is released into the Horowhenua Lake by the Council when it is overloaded? The Horowhenua Lake has sediments on the bottom so pronounced with toxins that the Council and Horizons have neglected in their responsibilities over many years to clean it up as its in the hard basket. Algael blooms form which are caused by super dangerous cyanobacteria and are everywhere and weeds choke the Lake-- you cannot swim in this Lake let alone walk in it as one of our Kaumatua nearly drowned near the Weir by the outlet to Hokio Stream due to the sludge that has piled up in this Lake. Horowhenua Lake was once a prestine Lake and needs to be brough back to its former beauty to benefit all not just us Maori owners. [ Read Lake Domain Board minutes ]
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HOROWHENUA DISTRICT COUNCIL COMMENTS REGARDING THEIR SPENDING ETC YET STILL FORGET ABOUT OUR LAKE; WASTEWATER, AND SO IT GOES ON. JUST THINK IT THE COUNCIL HAD A CLEAN LAKE JUST LOOK AT WHAT TOURISM AND LEVIN WOULD HAVE. BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE A TOWN THAT CLOSES DOWN AND RETAILERS CONTINUE TO FIND IT HARD TO COMPETE.
So has Larry got a good point and is Horowhenua District Council really supportive when they meet with themselves and ignore not the minority but the majority. Rates climbing, Wastewater going back in the river and more. Tony Rush saying he doesn't know anything about what the Council will do about the Lake as they and he ignore the problem. Tony seems to qualify the Mayor's position so maybe he's in the running for the Deputy Mayoral job as we believe this is his 4th term. Perhaps too long as poor Tony is forgetting his obligations on what our Lake needs & maybe better time to go. We know what the problem is yet they are not interested.
Larry.N.Mitchell. Finance & Policy Analyst. Larry produces this league table for the 67 local authorities in NZ. It measures economic sustainability and affordability but check it out and you will get a shock at what Horowhenua District Council is doing & now wants to spew more sewerage waste in Shannon but not on their $4m farm they just bought- June 2013??.
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They are second to last so if you are in Levin on the 7th July at 2pm listen to Larry Mitchell exposing the District Councils blatent spending spree at the Cnr Cambridge / Montgomery St Levin Hall.
Horowhenua District Council are second to last in the NZ League Council polls right above Kaipara?? so if you are in Levin on the 7th July at 2pm come and listen to Larry Mitchell speaking on the District Councils financials etc at the Salvation Army Hall, Durham St. See why the Council has featured so favourably in the Council polls; near last. Are they heading for last place or will they somehow creep up the polls without anyone knowing. Join the meeting on the 7th July & find out just what is happening--- of course Council will attend if they remember the date but it would be nice to see them voice their opinions to the questions put forward???? If they don't then you know they show no interest or are mummed in speaking so remember this when you vote.
Blame can not be put on Mayor Duffy alone as without the likes of Horizons etc Lindsay Burnell, Nathan Guy & Malcom Guy, DOC these are the ones who must share repsonsibility and they have had many years to support the Council and done nothing plus they have the resources to help our Lake get back to normal. Not one suggestion of cleaning the Lake out.
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Now why doesn't the Domain Board take on board what the following said for us Maori owners namely Sarah Williams report.
Lake Environmental Report
or the report from Horizons: Horizons Regional Council confirmed in 2008 Lake Horowhenua was contaminated by Levin's waste water treatment plant during winter flooding. Compliance manager Alison Russell [ File report from Fairfax media with the Levin Mayor saying nothing ]:
Lake Horowhenua contamination from sewage plant confirmed
The meeting set for Sept 22nd never eventuated--no notification to owners??
Letter to the editor. Will Mike Frankin of the Levin Chronicle Publish or not??? as he has a habit of only publishing what suits??? --you guessed it the Mayor has the lever of advertising--freedom of speech --hell no.
Neighbourhood Liaison Group LEVIN 22ND SEPT 2013
In a previous election you may recall Major Duffy telling us that the “fantastic landfill” was going to bring half a million dollars in revenue to the community per annum. He couldn’t have got it more wrong. The facts are it has cost the ratepayers millions because council had to comply after the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment did an investigation into HDC’s operations. The (PCE) gave a damming report because of lack of consultation with the community and non-compliance with the resource management act.
We, as the Neighbourhood Liaison Group have tried for years to get the true facts and figures but the Council still refuse to reveal the true financials (under the commercial sensitivity clause that strangely favours international corporate interests above the public good), very frustrating for a community group trying to preserve the local environment.
Landfill’s built in permeable sand country can never contain all the toxic leachate no matter how much ratepayer’s money is thrown at them…fact. To add insult to injury two thirds of the unscreened rubbish is now imported from outside the region, something you don’t read about in the “Community Connection”.
What Mayor Duffy has been promoting has proved to be an economical and environmental mess. What a shame under Duffy’s watch Horowhenua has resorted to such third world tactics and what a legacy for future generations to live with.
Malcolm Hadlum (Neighbourhood Liaison Group)