I have re-posted Monday's blog. Some comments in the original blog have been grossly misconstrued. To stop the titillation I have removed one paragraph and all comments.
Having made a laughing stock of themselves during their December meeting the Board tried to restore credibility at last Thursday’s meeting by drafting in some extra help.
The Clapometer trial had obviously been deemed a failure, and good riddance. Instead they introduced two new talents to the join them at the Board table, Councillor for Waitemata and the Hauraki Gulf Mike Lee and Youth Advisor Matariki Roche.
Lee is an experienced politician who knows how important it is to engage with the public when they make presentations at public forum. Asking
insightful questions of the presenter shows them, and the public gallery, that they are at least being listened to. Not a single question was asked at the first public forum.
Many presenters find the task daunting so the very least members owe them is their attention. Starting late, members arriving late (Ballard 5 minutes, Treadwell nearly an hour), showing their attention is elsewhere (Treadwell again, tapping away on her computer), playing with their mobile phones, all demonstrate contempt for the public. Perhaps this is why the Board prefers to conduct business in secret pre-meetings (read more in today’s Guest Blog) an unwise move they would do well to discontinue.
Let’s hope the example set by Lee will rub off on members, that they start paying attention, and start showing members of the public the respect they deserve.