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How much control is Auckland City Council exerting over CCO (Ca$h Cow Organisation) Metrowater?

12 April 2010

Auckland City Council CEO
David Rankin

OPEN LETTER/OIA TO AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL CEO DAVID RANKIN:
PLEASE VERIFY THE ACCURACY OF METROWATER’S OIA RESPONSE:

Dear David,

Please provide, under the urgency provisions of the LGOIMA, (because this information is needed for the Minister of Local Government), the information which confirms, that the following response from Metrowater, accurately summarises the position of Auckland City Council, relating to:

“Metrowater’s compliance with policies outlined in their Statement of Intent’ regarding  ‘debt management'”

A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’, will suffice.

(Please note that I attempted to raise this matter, in a proper way, by addressing Auckland City Council on 25 March 2010.

However, Mayor John Banks, after (unlawfully) denying me speaking rights, had me (unlawfully) dragged out of the Auckland Town Hall by security guards.

I have received no reply from Auckland City Council on this VERY serious matter, which displays how little ‘Council control’ exists over this ‘Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) particularly in relation to Metrowater’s ‘debt management’ processes, as outlined in Metrowater’s Statement of Intent. )

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MY ‘OPEN LETTER’ /OIA REQUEST TO METROWATER’S ‘ACTING’ CEO
TIM HAMMOND:

I have received a response from the ‘Acting’ CEO of Metrowater, Tim Hammond, to my Open Letter/OIA (dated 23 March 2010) – which asked for confirmation of the following:

“Whether or not Auckland City Council have ensured  Metrowater’s compliance with policies outlined in your Statement of Intent’ regarding  ‘debt management’:

1) In the first instance, the unlawful persecution of the Iosefa family will cease forthwith. Metrowater has been instructed to immediately withdraw any proceedings from the High Court for any further ‘Writ of Sale’ or the like, over their family home at 89A Canal Rd Avondale.

Metrowater will fully reimburse Maria and Luapo Iosefa for any costs incurred as a result of Metrowater’s lawyer’s unlawful actions.

2) A full investigation will be carried out, INVOLVING DISCUSSIONS WITH MYSELF AND MEMBERS OF THE WATER PRESSURE GROUP AS DIRECTLY-AFFECTED PARTIES,  as part of  the ‘audit process’ into Metrowater’s debt management processes and actions, given the now proven highly unprofessional style of work of Metrowater’s (former?) lawyer, Michael Tolhurst, and current ‘Legal and Compliance Officer John Hilario; including, but not limited to;  proven discriminatory political bias against myself and fellow WPG members; failure to follow lawful due process in the serving of court documents; lies being told me in order to destroy my credibility (including a complaint against me – authorised by Metrowater’s CEO, to the NZ Law Society); the use of ‘standover’/’extortionist tactics’ to enforce payment of disputed accounts; Metrowater’s failure to follow its disputes process.

(EG: How many legal proceedings initiated in the Auckland District Court by Metrowater’s ‘law’ firm City Law, ended up as ‘Judgments by Default’ – because the Defendants didn’t file a ‘Statement of Defence’, or attend the hearing?

HOW MANY OF THESE CASES WERE AS A RESULT OF LAWFUL ‘DUE PROCESS’ NOT BEING FOLLOWED BY METROWATER’S LAWYERS, AS WAS THE NOW PROVEN  CASE WITH MARIA AND LUAPO IOSEFA?

3) In the interim, ALL current legal proceedings against WPG members will be withdrawn FORTHWITH.

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METROWATER’S REPLY:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tim Hammond <Tim.Hammond@metrowater.co.nz>
Date: Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM
Subject: RE: HAVE AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL HELD METROWATER ACCOUNTABLE TO YOUR STATEMENT OF INTENT REGARDING ‘DEBT MANAGEMENT’?
To: Penny Bright <waterpressure@gmail.com>

Penny,

Answers to your questions (note we have had to restate you questions in a simple form to make sure the simple answers provided, as per your request, were clear)

Your general point/question re the Council holding Metrowater to account versus its Statement of Intent.

Yes, Metrowater believes the Council holds Metrowater to account versus its Statement of Intent.

Your specific numbered points

  1. Has the Council instructed Metrowater withdraw proceeding against the Iosefas and reimburse their costs?

No

  1. Has the Council instructed Metrowater that there will be some form of external investigation into Metrowater’s debt management processes?

No

  1. Has the Council instructed Metrowater to withdraw all proceeding against Water Pressure Group Members?

No

Regards

Tim Hammond
Acting Chief Executive

Tel:
Email:
Web:
+64 9 624 4700
tim.hammond@metrowater.co.nz
www.metrowater.co.nz

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PLEASE PROVIDE THE INFORMATION WHICH CONFIRMS THAT THIS
ABOVE-MENTIONED OIA REPLY FROM METROWATER ACCURATELY  REFLECTS THE POSITION OF AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL
:

Can you please provide a reply by 5pm Thursday 15 April 2010.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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