But once again, the water was just too cold for comfort, and the Council froze.
The Council received from staff a comprehensive review of research still needed, policies that might require updating, and water management and operational interventions that would be beneficial to the Tukituki.
But when the Chairman attempted to distill a handful of action items into a resolution for Council endorsement, Councillors rebelled.
Leading the opposition to endorsing action was Councillor Christine “Water’s for the Taking” Scott, abetted by Councillor Eileen von Dadelszen — two Councillors who can out-bureaucrat even the most seasoned bureaucrat. Together, these two are so good at obfuscation that they could neuter the Ten Commandments. They succeeded in postponing Council action for another month.
With the departure of Murray Buchanan as Environmental Management Group Manager, the HBRC is in a position to realign and re-energise its water team. But then why bother, when Councillors are loathe to get their feet wet and begin to make tough decisions regarding water quality and management?!
Too many Councillors still believe that farmers (i.e. land users whose activities can potentially deplete and foul our waters) are a uniquely benevolent species who — unlike doctors, bankers, pub owners, builders, tobacco merchants, etc, etc — can be gotten onside, in terms of protecting the public interest, simply through more “education,” versus sensible regulation and firm enforcement.
On revamping management of the Bay’s precious water resources, Chairman Alan Dick seems ready to take the plunge. But most of his fellow Councillors will need to be pushed off the dock.