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Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE - Daniel Hutchin­son

The coun­cil’s in­vest­ment in the ski­fields is an in­ter­est­ing de­ci­sion and one that tests the op­pos­ing views on coun­cil spend­ing.

The fact that both the Ruapehu and Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cils both felt the need to hide their dis­cus­sions on the sub­ject from the pub­lic prior to the pub­lic an­nounce­ment last week is in­ter­est­ing.

In fact, the Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil was so afraid of spook­ing the Gov­ern­ment that it threat­ened Stuff [owner of the Taupo¯ Times] with a court in­junc­tion to stop it pub­lish­ing leaked details of the deal, prior to the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

The Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil made its mil­lion dol­lar de­ci­sion in a meet­ing that was closed to the pub­lic last week - why? A fear of bad pub­lic­ity is no rea­son to keep in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic.

What­ever your views on the qual­ity of this in­vest­ment, I can’t re­ally see any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for keeping this de­ci­sion out of the pub­lic eye un­til it was a done deal.

You never know, the pub­lic might be in over­whelm­ing favour of the idea. Gen­eral in­quiries: 07 378 9060, Edi­tor: Daniel Hutchin­son, 027 809 6854, daniel.hutchin­son@stuff.co.nz, News: Steph Rangi, 027 204 2914, steph.rangi@stuff.co.nz, Robert Steven, 027 204 2904, robert.steven@stuff.co.nz, Ta­mara Thorn, 027 564 7168, ta­mara.thorn@stuff.co.nz Se­nior Sales: Graeme Golds­brough, 027 204 2906, graeme.golds­brough@stuff.co.nz, Clas­si­fied ad’s: Lynne Webb 07 378 9060, lynne.webb@stuff.co.nz, Postal: PO Box 205, Taupo. De­liv­er­ies: Dave McEwen 07 378 9060, cir­cu­la­tion@waika­to­times.co.nz, fixmy­de­liv­ery.co.nz

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