Email saga compares to Watergate
Ratepayers and residents have a right to an independent and open investigation about the unsavoury and potentially illegal practices that have been going on at Horowhenua District Council.
There are still too many questions and not enough answers. The only comparison to council chief executive David Clapperton’s practice of monitoring and blocking emails is Watergate.
The only difference between the two is technology. In Watergate analogue bugging devices were used. Today digital emails are diverted to a recipient the information is not intended for.
Mr Clapperton’s resignation must be tendered because he has brought the council’s reputation into disrepute at least. As Mayor Michael Feyen publicly stated, what else has Mr Clapperton done in his role as chief executive to undermine democracy?
Clearly former mayor Brendan Duffy knew emails were being diverted because he has publicly stated he did.
Six councillors decided they weren’t able to attend a council meeting to discuss the matter, so it had to be cancelled. How many of them knew what was going on? Their unwillingness to attend the meeting now implicates them.
Is this snooping what we pay our rates for? Mr Clapperton has to go because we need an independent person as our chief executive. His independence has been compromised. (abridged)
Horowhenua District Ratepayers & Residents Association is very concerned to hear that our emails were targeted and interfered with by HDC.
We had no knowledge of this happening. We are amazed that this could happen during the council election time frame, especially when Brendan Duffy and other councillors were standing again.
Christine Mitchell has confirmed that she and other councillors knew this was happening. We are also dumbfounded that chief executive David Clapperton is involved in the audit evaluation, as he is the person the audit has singled out. Shouldn’t someone else be running this process?
He is the one under investigation, so he cannot be the judge. We understand that this was part of a region-wide professionally agreed audit which all other participating districts accepted.
There has been no evidence the audit was incomplete or flawed, as Clapperton would have us believe.
This situation, added to the ridiculous pensioner housing sale, leads us to believe we have a council that is not representing the people of the Horowhenua.
and the ratepayers’ and residents’ association committee
BRIDGES AND ROAD
Now that the Manawatu Gorge is closed permanently there is an opportunity to build, not another gorge, but a road the Romans would be proud of.
Minister of Transport Simon Bridges last week told media his preference was for a road south of the gorge, that would be better than both of the two alternative routes, the Pahiatua Track and the narrow and pot-holed Saddle Road.
If Bridges wants to remain minister of transport, he must return to the townships of Ashhurst and Woodville and promise those residents that, regardless of cost, a new and much better road will be started a week before our general election in September.
So Russell Taylor has been breaking the law for 20 years by having illegal yellow lines painted in Holloway Road in Aro Valley (Aug 1).
Let’s give this man the top job in the council’s road planning department, he may be the one to sort out the farce in Island Bay. And without expensive consultation meetings, saving the ratepayer money along the way.
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Horowhenua District councilor Ross Campbell and Mayor Michael Feyen.