Co-governance creeps closer to Eketahuna and a bunch of special citizens are joyous

August 28, 2013

This co-governance bollocks is getting a bit close for comfort, for those living peacefully and democratically here in Eketahuna.

The chair of a collective of nine central Hawke’s Bay marae – just up the main drag from here – is bragging about securing a written assurance from the local regional council which has given the group a say on the development of the Ruataniwha dam scheme.

Two companies are competing to win a contract to design and build the $600 million water storage programme in the region.

And all citizens, the way things are handled in a good and healthy democracy, are entitled to have a say in what happens, even if it is no more than a letter to the editor of the local rag and the right to vote against councillors who do something of which they disapprove.

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