Email saga com­pares to Water­gate

The Horowhenua Mail - - WHAT’S ON -


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)


Veron­ica Har­rod



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.

Chris­tine Mo­ri­arty

and the ratepay­ers’ and res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee


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.

Brian Collins

Aro Val­ley


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.

Les McKay



Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us ed­i­tor@kapi­tiob­ or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. No anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted. Let­ters are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion.

Horowhenua District coun­cilor Ross Camp­bell and Mayor Michael Feyen.

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