Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ombudsmen respond to letter - nearly a year later!

Amazed to finally received a response to my letter of 1 February 2010, sent to the Ombudsmen, (and Rodney Hide and Councilwatch NZ). This is the letter I sent on 24 May 2010, with the documents at this link:

  1. The minutes of the Heart of Carterton committee meeting dated 1 May 2009 refers (under item 3) to the Draft Business Plan, and your response to the request regarding when this would be available.  Please forward a copy of it by return email immediately and advise on what date it did become a public document and how it was notified to the public.
  2. Is water taken for irrigation in the Carterton district metered?
  3. How much water is taken for irrigation in the Carterton District annually?
  4. What are the allocations, and the rates charged, for water to domestic users and to commercial users such as dairy farmers for irrigation and washing down milking sheds, etc.
  5. Mayor McPhee and Council officer Chris Keegan seriously breached the Council's Code of Conduct by committing a violent, drunken home invasion, in response to an alleged noise complaint, in 2005, and was involved in another violent attack on me in my own home in February last year, and a number of other well publicised assaults and drunken bullying.  When is the Council going to address these most serious breach of the Code of Conduct?  - McPhee's actions, and the refusal of the Council to address them, have brought the entire Council into utter contempt and disrepute in the community, and throughout country, as evidenced by a recent episode of 'Outrageous Fortune' - congratulations for that, a really damning indictment on you all.
  6. We insist that the Council also address the matters regarding the involvement of Elaine Brazendale, Ruth Carter, Julie Hallam, Ewen Hyde, Jill Greathead, Lyn Patterson and others who had conflicts of interest in their roles on Council and the affairs of various community organisations funded by Council, notably the Carterton Community Centre.  
  7. These people all knew that the members of the CCC, and the entire community had called for the affairs of the CCC to be audited, in particular, the financial affairs for the year 2000/2001, and the two personal grievance payments to Helen Staples and David Lambourne, of which at least one was made in direct contradiction to specific legal advice.
  8. All of these people knew that the payments referred to in the minutes of the CCC dated 31 May 2000 (had been made fraudulently and against legal advice, and all deliberately tried to pervert the course of justice regarding the fraud.  
  9. Lyn Patterson in particular is guilty of deliberately attempting to pervert the course of justice with her "compilation" of the accounts.
  10. Elaine Brazendale and Ruth Carter facilitated their friend John Crawford to present false information to Council about the CCC at a meeting of the Council (June 2002?), and then Brazendale voted on a motion to exclude the public from the deliberations on the Council's annual grant to the CCC, without declaring her conflict of interest, 
  11. All of the people named above have failed to declare conflicts of interest on these matters according to the minutes.
  12. I want my election deposit returned.  I handed my expense return to Julie Hallam as I have told Council before.  Hallam is a liar and a thief  Oh, was a liar and a thief (that's what happens to liars and thieves).
  13. Ewen Hyde told Council that all submitters who asked to be heard in support of their submissions had been.  Hyde knew this was a deliberate lie intended to mislead Council for his own pecuniary gain.  Hyde wrote two different letters to submitters depending on whether he wanted them to be heard or not.  At least 50% of the submitters who asked to be heard where sent a letter specifically denying them the opportunity to be heard.  This is also a gross breach of not only the Code of Conduct, but the Local Government Act and the NZ Bill of Rights Act.
We've been making all these complaints for years, it's time Council responded to the Criminals in its midst.
Katherine Raue
Carterton Residents Association
Friends of the Carterton Community Centre
Transparency in New Zealand

On 12 May I sent the Carterton District Council CEO a reminder that there had been no response to this letter, sent by email also, on 1 February 2010:

I request all information held by the CDC about me according to the Privacy Act.
In particular I request all information regarding the numerous messages on my phone about several horses, and the involvement of Council officers in a number of incidents of illegal activity.
  1. Gary McPhee and Council officer Chris Keegan committed a violent home invasion and assault at a flat in High Street Carterton in May 2005, in response to a noise complaint according to the police.  We request a copy of all information held by the Council regarding this alleged "noise complaint"  and the actions of McPhee and Keegan.
  2. McPhee and Keegan committed this appalling act in their official capacity as representatives of the Council, according to the police.  This is clearly in direct contradiction to the Council code of conduct, etc.  Please provide all information regarding this matter held by the Council, including minutes of any Council meetings at which the matter was discussed.
  3. I handed Julie Hallam my expense declaration after the last election and I want my deposit returned immediately and an inquiry into Julie Hallam's involvement in the cover up of the fraud and misfeasance at the Carterton Community Centre.
  4. We request all information regarding the disposal of the property belonging to our organisation Friends of the Carterton Community Gardens, including the sheds delivered by the Council to the property of Council employee Melvin Pike, which has been requested previously and never provided.
Katherine Raue

Today I received a letter from Anthony Illot, Team Manager of Investigations, telling me he "I regret the delay in responding to you on these matters.  Mr McGee will be investigating your complaints. . . . . . . You will be kept advised on progress with the investigation."

Anthony Illot should be sacked for gross incompetence for the time it's taken to deal with these matters - we've been writing to him for years about them!

The Carterton District Council and individuals working for the Council stole all the funds and assets of the Carterton District Council and the Carterton Community Gardens and all ten other organisations being controlled by the committee of the Carterton Community Centre.  The committee were all involved with the CDC, a major funder of the Centre, and therefore there were serious conflicts of interest, especially when one of them left his wife and family and moved in with the administrator of the Centre and her sister.

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