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URGENT! ‘OPEN LETTER’ FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE NATIONAL PARTY CAUCUS MEETING TUESDAY 15 JUNE 2010:

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date Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 8:23 AM
subject URGENT! ‘OPEN LETTER’ FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE NATIONAL PARTY CAUCUS MEETING TUESDAY 15 JUNE 2010 –
FURTHER ACTION TO HELP STOP THE PRIVATISATION OF NZ WATER SERVICES.

14 June 2010

URGENT! ‘OPEN LETTER’ FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE NATIONAL PARTY CAUCUS MEETING TUESDAY 15 JUNE 2010:

Following the ‘National Day of Action’ on Saturday 12 June 2010 against water privatisation, there is now far more public understanding and awareness about this vital issue.

FURTHER ACTION TO HELP STOP THE PRIVATISATION OF NZ WATER SERVICES.

There is currently the following petition before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee:

Petition 2008/60, presented by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009:

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.”

It has been referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, where it is still an ‘Item of business’.

I’ve already presented evidence to the local Government and Environment Select Committee in support of this Petition:

http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Evidence/5/a/f/49SCLGE_EVI_49DBHOH_PET2996_1_A47173-Penny-Bright.htm

Please be reminded that United Water is 100% owned by Veolia Water – the biggest water multinational company in the world, and that corporate control of Auckland regional water services is pivotal to the Auckland ‘Supercity’.

Of major concern is that Graham Wood, former Managing Director of United Water, South Australia, (now employed by the unelected Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), is currently leading the ‘integration’ of Auckland regional water services, in my considered opinion, for a future takeover by United Water.

The following questions arise:

a) Where was the ‘transparency’ in appointing known water privatisers to such pivotal positions in publicly-owned Watercare, ‘wholesale’ water services supplier for the Auckland region?

b)How did Mark Ford, ex-CEO of Watercare Services, get away with appointing Graham Wood as the ‘General Manager for Operations’ at Watercare, in or about 2007, in the first place?

c) If New Zealand is the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ – how on earth could this happen?

d) Which elected representatives on Watercare’s ‘Shareholders Representative Group (SRG) and Watercare staff members, knew of Graham Wood’s former United Water South Australia ‘privatising’ background?

e) Why did Mark Ford, now Executive Chair of the unelected Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), appoint David Hawkins (the ex-privatising Mayor of Papakura) as Corporate Liasion Manager for Watercare in 2000?

f) Did Graham Wood and David Hawkins work together to help United Water get the Papakura ‘franchise’ in 1997?

g) Does this help to prove that the Auckland ‘Supercity’ has effectively been a corrupt corporate coup?
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Attached is a letter which can be sent to the Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, in support of this petition.

As you are no doubt well aware – MPs who are not members of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee can send in letters themselves.

Can you please confirm the following:

A) That National Party members of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, (and the Auckland Governance Legislation Select Committee), have read and are familiar with the above-mentioned evidence that I have provided, which includes:

“1) COPY OF THE ‘STATEMENT OF CLAIM’, FILED ON BEHALF OF THE PLAINTIFF, SA
WATER CORPORATION, BY THE CROWN SOLICITOR FOR THE STATE OF SOUTH
AUSTRALIA.

(SA WATER CORPORATION v UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY ACN 069471334
in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

In brief, UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY,was being sued by SA WATER
CORPORATION, for alleged ‘breach of contract’, and ‘misleading and deceptive
conduct’, for failing to disclose, when calculating its profit on ‘Lump Sum Charges’,
all its corporate overhead costs for United Water’s other operations (including in New
Zealand and Ballarat.

So – did United Water misrepresent their pricing, and put in cheaper ‘tenders’ in order to get a foothold in New Zealand?)

2) LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE (DATED 29
SEPTEMBER 2009), REQUESTING HE ADVISE WHICH IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE
BODY/AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE EACH OF THE SEVEN UNITED WATER NEW
ZEALAND CONTRACTS IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THEYWERE NOT BASED ON
FRAUDULENT AND MISREPRESENTED PRICING:

3) REPLY FROM THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE
DATED 3 NOVEMBER 2010:

4) OPEN LETTER/OIA REQUEST TO ALL THE FOLLOWING TWENTY NATIONAL
PARTY CABINET MINISTERS WHO SUPPORT WATER PRIVATISATION, AS PER THE
FOLLOWING CABINET DECISIONS OF 27 OCTOBER 2009:

5) ‘STANDARD’ OIA REPLIES FROM ALL TWENTY NATIONAL PARTY CABINET
MINISTERS:

6) REPLY FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER RODNEY HIDE
DATED 10 DECEMBER 2009:

7) DEFINITION OF WATER PRIVATISATION WHICH CONFIRM THAT IT COVERS
BOTH THE OPERATION/MANAGEMENT OF WATER SERVICES ASSETS AS WELL AS
‘OWNERSHIP:

8) OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS TO SEVEN NEW ZEALAND COUNCILS
WHO HAVE UNITED WATER CONTRACTS:

9) RESPONSES FROM NEW COUNCILS WITH UNITED WATER CONTRACTS:

10) UPDATE FROM AUSTRALIA REGARDING DEVELOPMENTS WITH UNITED
WATER SOUTH AUSTRALIA COURT CASE.

11) THE APPARENT LACK OF ‘OPEN, TRANSPARENT AND DEMOCRATIC
ACCOUNTABILITY’ IN THE STRATEGIC POSITIONING OF ‘PRO-UNITED WATER’
PERSONNEL INTO KEY EXECUTIVE STAFF APPOINTMENTS – FIRST AT
WATERCARE – THEN AT THE AUCKLAND TRANSITION AGENCY (ATA).

12 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION:”
______________________________________________________________________

B) That the National Party caucus will resolve to support this call for a ‘full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand’, and for there thus to be no implemention of ‘any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions’,

C) That the National Party caucus will resolve to inform both membership and the public of your support for this petition.

D) Should the National Party caucus resolve NOT to support this petition, can you please put forward, in writing, your reasons for failing to so do, as it is my considered opinion that the voting public, in the interests of transparency, accountability, and prudent stewardship of public resources, will want to know.

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

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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June 13, 2010 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Stop the $uper City

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