As the Regional Council plays musical chairs, assigning 60% of chief executive Andrew Newman’s time to the HB Regional Investment Company to guide further development of the dam project, this ‘Situation Vacant’ notice has appeared on national political blogs like Whale Oil and Kiwiblog.
“In House Counsel Position
Based in Hawke’s Bay
A specialist campaigning business is seeking an in house counsel to help with campaigns against councils, government departments and political parties. The role is to ensure that these organisations obey the law, and are held to account if they do not.
The purpose of this role is holding the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to account, and ensuring they act lawfully.”
The notice continues, in part …
“Fearlessness will be a major positive attribute, and a willingness to take on tough cases. This is not a standard lawyer’s job, and will require flair and imagination and is not for the faint hearted.”
Applicants are instructed to inquire to either of the blogs.
Something tells me there won’t be too many HB lawyers lining up for this job. Around here, council business is the mother’s milk of lawyering. Can’t alienate that revenue stream.
Speaking of out-of-towners, rumour is that prominent Wellington lawyer/lobbyist Mai Chen is in discussions to represent Hawke’s Bay environmentalists in a legal challenge to the Regional Council’s handling of the dam project. As this DomPost article describes: “Her Public Law Toolbox is a textbook guide to the corridors of power for all the outsiders, the underdogs and the Josephine and Joe Citizens for whom the key to those corridors has always seemed elusively beyond their reach.”
Pit bull on the one hand; the ultimate insider on the other … if either of these materialise, the Regional Council will have its hands full.