Happy New Year everyone,

Local body elections are just around the corner and judging from recent  media at least two turkeys are in line to be basted and stuffed. Any guesses?

As I predicted in my article last year, the mainstream media has finally cast its gaze towards the million dollar running track scandal involving Harris and Hooker. This saga might seem a bit trivial to many of us… but when you are involved with a club or cause or whatever and you have elected officials playing dirty against you… you either give up or dig in.

Don Farmer politely framed the story around  “a long and curious delay, dating back to 2009”. Curious indeed, Don. While Don has been made soft  by the pretty girls in the Wairarapa Times Age newsroom, I am surrounded  by screaming Chinese people, and am in more of a mood to break it all down to you today a bit more bluntly.Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 19.56.21

Here is  a bit of a chronology and summary of what this is actually all about. Of course, the whole summarised story hasn’t been printed in the mainstream media just yet, but as the facts come out and the election approaches it will undoubtably be revisited in the paper. Journalists resent being lied to, and the Times Age has got a lot of stories on file where Hooker has given them  his signature dishonest lipservice. I’ve linked in all the relevant articles, for those of you wanting to question any of my footwork, but it might pay to give this article a read first to refresh you memory of things.

1) Athletics and Cycling Masterton (ACM) built the clubrooms prior to the new track proposal.

2)  Cr. Hooker, being a long time student- some would say master- in the art of public teat sucking,  got in a consultant from Hong Kong, who agreed that a new track would be just fab. He then convinced a Trust with a record of robbing the poor of Masterton to give to the rich to stump up some cash to get the project moving.

3) Hooker and then non Cr. Harris were instrumental in the construction of the extraordinarily expensive 14 person running track. Back in 2011, Harris  was all gushy over the prospect of a new running track.

“Secretary Mark Harris said seeing the track come together was “pretty awesome”, and he anticipated it would be finished by the end of February if the weather was fine. “Those guys have to make it happen now,” he said.

I bet you were excited, Harris! A new running track for you to start a private business, your friend Hooker on council, other clubs effectively kicked out, and plans in the pipeline to join council yourself! Shoring up your position very nicely indeed!

4) At the first contractual opportunity,  Hooker cashed in years of yesmanship at Council and put up hurdles for ACM’s continued enjoyment of the facilities. Then, in the 2013 election, Harris got onto council.

5)  Harris currently has a financial interest in keeping the keys to the track… Curious huh! But of course, Hooker doesn’t know nuthin’ about none of that…Hooker-curiously– said he was not party to who received income from training athletes.

“Do we know who pays to train with swim coaches at the Rec Centre or at any other council or sports facility in town?”

6) After half a decade and up until very recently, a large group of althletes who want to enjoy the track couldn’t  because (a) They had been blocked –curiously- by two Masterton District Councillors at every opportunity, and (b) Because Harris is always at the track, and they can’t stand to be around caustic prick.

7) Mayor Lyn Patterson and CEO Pim Borren -being not-at-all unwise- decided to do the right thing and sorted the matter out before they got themselves dragged into the rinsing that will soon be dished out to Hooker and Harris, as evidenced by the resolution reached last week and reported here by the Times Age.

Harris is a useless undeserving councillor in many ways and should go, but that alone is not enough to roll the guy. His borderline corrupt conflict of interest here and appalling interpersonal skills should signal his decision to not stand at the next election. It is said he has the same reputation at council as he does with ACM- you tell me if this is an unfair coincidence or not. The cheeky bugger even gets the council to pay for the expensive night lighting while he’s out there blowing his whistle to 14 paying customers.

Lyn and Pim have smartly distanced themselves from Harris and Hooker, and after too much bullshit for too long even Lord Baldamort AKA Andrew Bonallack has had a gutsfull of all the malarky, and is coming for them… he even said so on National Radio.

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There is certainly a lot of explaining to do and Don Farmer will be a busy boy indeed in the lead up to the election.

***UPDATE***

Hooker and Harris’s reply in the paper:

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I’ve heard from several people that Hooker wishes on a star that he never met Harris… it is befuddling in the extreme why he is now willingly covering himself in Harris’ muck by playing his bodyguard/mother. The only thing that comes to mind is that self-flagellation thing that some religious types are into??

Hooker shouldn’t have written that letter to the paper because I’ve seen documents that  prove the exact opposite, and the people who have those documents are chomping at the bit for some justice.

Hooker and Harris seem to believe that the internet and Google don’t exist, and that everything they say to one audience will never get revealed to the next audience. This one blog post alone contains half a dozen articles where Hooker’s version of events change by the day… and the heat is just going to get even hotter come election.

After Hooker played mummy and wrote a letter for poor Harris the other day, Harris put a quite deep and emotional post on his Facebook page bemoaning his hard life. If he can’t see the problem before him, what a deluded sook he really is…. Cycling NZ were right after all.

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Will keep people updated as and when new info comes to light.

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