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Rod Oram: Dam could be a “crucial and defining conflict”

February 12, 2013

I’ll bet the top brass at the Regional Council were unhappy to see Rod Oram’s article — Damming conclusions — in the most recent Sunday Star Times!

Especially since Oram is an eco-futurist the HBRC has brought to Hawke’s Bay in the past to inspire us to greater good.

Says Oram, speaking of the Regional Council: “In its enthusiasm as the project’s promoter it has given environmentalists and other opponents short shrift.”

Amen!

And:

“For evidence of Ruataniwha’s economic value, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council offers a series of studies it commissioned. But they contain some significant contradictions and risks. The ‘Prosperity Study’ for example, correctly identifies low-wage, low-value and volatile commodity agriculture as one of the region’s economic weaknesses. The main remedy it recommended was more of the same from the Ruataniwha scheme plus the vague¬† hope the region’s farmers can somehow move themselves up the value chain.”

That’s right … if it isn’t working, just do more of it.

Here is Oram’s complete assessment.

Tom Belford

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