The review is completely unnecessary because the principles of Essentially Waiheke are already incorporated into the Hauraki Gulf Island District Plan. It is nothing more that a ruse to boost the Board’s brand prior to the upcoming election.
Name recognition is everything going into an election. The Board has been able to promote its brand for the six months prior to the permitted electioneering period using our money. Posters promoting the brand have been put in shop windows, on club notice boards, and on public notice boards throughout Waiheke. Advertising has appeared in the WLB’s propaganda sheet, the Gulf News, to ensure it too is paid its share for its continuing support and promotion of this failed Board. Workshops and meetings have been held with community groups to make sure the brand name gets the widest possible coverage.
To show just what a sham this whole process is, look no further than the report the project team has produced in the agenda for the next WLB business meeting on Thursday. It is one page telling us in BIG LETTERS how many workshops and engagement sessions the team has held and lots of picture of them at workshops. That’s it.
This waste of our money shows this ‘Essentially Waiheke’ Local Board has no shame and will go to any length to make sure it gets re-elected. It may take more than $20k to persuade the public that losing Waiheke $12million dollars of funding in its first year has been worth it. If ever a Board has demonstrated it is not fit to be trusted with our money it is this one.
Wasting the $4 million it has had at its disposal on junkets, reports, consultants, workshops, plans and other fripperies that have had no lasting benefit for the community as a whole but has benefitted its hard core supporters has not gone unnoticed: nor has breaking its main election promise of a community swimming pool within three years. The Board's bungling has ensured Waiheke will never get a community pool.
With only the eyesore 'bridle bridge to nowhere' to show for our $4 million dollars I guess this Board needs all the promotion and publicity it can get while it still has our money to waste.