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PUBLIC MEETING! Monday 5 July 7.30 – 9.30pm Stop Privatisation!Investigate United Water’s 7 NZ contracts

“PUBLIC MEETING:

Stop Privatisation!
No corporate control over our water.
Investigate United Water’s 7 NZ contracts

Monday 5 July 2010
7.30 – 9.30pm
(Refreshments / networking 9.30 – 10pm)
Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn St Ponsonby
www.stopprivatisation.org.nz

PROGRAMME:

1) Welcome. Penny Bright MC

2) Brief overview/ Introduction. Penny Bright MC
A brief outline of why the meeting has been called, who was invited, and names of speakers and the organisations they represent.

3) Speakers. No more than 7 minutes each)

a) Confirmed speakers:

Penny Bright – to give brief overview (as per above) – confirmed

Tony Holman – NSC Councillor – confirmed
Alan McCulloch – Grey Power – confirmed
Phil Twyford – Labour Party – confirmed
Keith Locke – Green Party – confirmed
Winston Peters – NZ First – confirmed

b) Invited speakers:

Mark Ford, Executive Chair, Auckland Transitional Authority. (Apology received)
Minister of Local Government, Rodney Hide. (Apology received)
NZ Prime Minister, John Key.
Maori Party speaker.

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4) Questions/ comments from the audience till 9.30pm

5) Refreshments / networking 9.30 – 10pm
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Mark Ford, Executive Chair, Auckland Transitional Authority, was asked to attend and to please provide the following information, and if he was unable to attend – to please provide this information under the OIA as a matter of urgency:

A) A public explanation as to why he appointed known water privatiser, ex-Mayor of Papakura, David Hawkins, to the position of Corporate Liaison Manager for Watercare Services in 2000.

B) Confirmation that he was aware of the Report of the Office of the Auditor General
(OAG), in 1998, which was critical of a number of key aspects of the ‘Papakura franchise’, signed by David Hawkins as Mayor of Papakura in April 1997:

(These shortcomings were referred to in this recent ‘Regulatory Impact Statement’

www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/Water_RIS…/Water_RIS_2010.doc

“REMOVING BARRIERS TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2002 – REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT:

34. A potential risk is that councils lack expertise in the area of PPPs and other concession arrangements, and that developing such arrangements requires specialist skills. This was suggested in reports by the Auditor-General on the Papakura franchise agreement and the Wellington DBMO arrangement.[1]

35. In Papakura, for example, the Auditor-General noted that:

·the Council relied on limited internal and local expertise when setting up the agreement and it was not reviewed by an external expert;

·the franchise agreement inadequately documents the franchisee’s obligations to release particular information to the Council;

·the franchise agreement focused on performance indicators relating to price and quality, but indicators for customer service and asset management and development were not well defined; and

·there was a lack of agreement between the parties about how the condition of the infrastructure would be measured over the duration of the franchise – no baseline was established and an asset management plan was not undertaken.

[1] Controller and Auditor-General – 2006 report, as above; plus Report on Papakura District Council: Water and Wastewater franchise, April 1998. ”
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C) A public explanation as to why he appointed Graham Wood, to the position of General Manager Operations of Watercare Services,(in or about 2007), and what steps he took to:

1) Inform all elected representatives that made up the Watercare Shareholders Representative Group (SRG), of Graham Wood’s former position as the former Managing Director of United Water South Australia,

2) Inform the public of Graham Wood’s former position as the former Managing Director of United Water South Australia.

D) A public explanation of the role played by David Hawkins and/or Graham Wood (if any) whilst working for Watercare in the securing of any NZ United Water contracts.

E) To please explain why, on the Watercare Services Ltd website, when he was CEO, there was no section which covered the Watercare Shareholders Group, to make the following information publicly available: SRG meeting minutes; SRG reports ; information about which elected representatives were actually members of the SRG, and the like.

F) To please disclose all / any interests (if any) he had or may have, either pecuniary or non-pecuniary with:

1) United Water;
2) Veolia Water,
3) Past or current members of the World Bank, including, but not limited to David Shand, the Head of the Rates Inquiry and one of the three Commissioners on the Royal commission of Inquiry into Auckland Regional Governance

G) To please disclose all / any interests (if any) he had or may have, either pecuniary or non-pecuniary with Veolia Transport, who have the contract with ARTA (of which he was Chair since 2007) to operate train services on the Auckland Passenger Rail Network.

www.nzcid.org.nz/veoliatransport.html

VEOLIA TRANSPORT AUCKLAND

www.veoliatransport.co.nz

In 2004 Veolia Transport Auckland Limited was contracted to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) to operate train services on the Auckland Passenger Rail Network. The contract has subsequently been extended through to 2014.

VEOLIA TRANSPORT (WORLDWIDE)

www.veolia.com/en/group/activities/transport-management.aspx

Veolia Transport, as a leading private operator of public transport, manage over 2.63 billion trips per year globally, thereby decreasing traffic congestion, combating climate change and avoiding over 4.1 million tons of Co2.

Veolia Transport is part of Veolia Environnement the world’s leading environmental services company.

www.beehive.govt.nz/release/mark+ford+lead+auckland+transition+agency

Mark Ford (Executive Chair)
CEO of Watercare Services Ltd since 1994 and Chairman of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority since 2007. Previous roles have included CEO of Auckland Regional Services Trust and CEO of NZ Forestry Corporation. )
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H) To please give his position, as Executive Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency, on the request for a ‘full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts’ as requested in the following:

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.”

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

Auckland Mayoral candidate.

PH (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

waterpressure.wordpress.com

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July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Stop the $uper City

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