It has been a dreadful three years for Waiheke local politics. The current Board has failed to deliver a single promise it made before being elected. Worse still its main promise of delivering a community swimming pool within three years has not only not materialised but the incompetence of the Board has ensured there will not be a swimming pool for another twenty years, if ever.
The lack of investment in infrastructure, the pressing need for more parking at Matiatia, and an end to the cronyism and favouritism that has seen the current Board squander $4 million on its mates, are all issues that can only be tackled by a completely new Board.
It will be hard for fresh candidates to get elected because the local media is biased in favour of the current Board. Liz Waters, the anti-Semitic, cultural Marxist who owns the ailing Gulf News, is an avid supporter of the EW Team. She pushes out its propaganda week after week. She will use every rotten trick in the book to ensure her picks get elected. She will deny coverage to other candidates, she will place their ads in the less advantageous positions, she will omit key facts about their backgrounds. In short, she will try and crucify all those she does not favour. The only good thing is that it makes it easier for discerning voters to choose the right people by voting for those she doesn’t support.
It’s not much better at the Waiheke Marketplace where the only hack left was the spin doctor for Roche.
Despite this I think some excellent, independent candidates will emerge. They need to have experience of success in their careers and a maturity of outlook, something the current Board lacks in any field. Hopefully, there will also be some experience of being involved in local government among them.
The best advice I can give new candidates is to keep your powder dry and only put in your nominations at the last minute. It is tempting to start campaigning right away but, with the odds stacked against you, it is much better to work away behind the scenes getting the support of those community groups left out in the cold by the current Board.
Most of all it is vital that all those opposed to the divisive policies of this failed Board use their vote to put in place a Board that will work for the benefit of all the community, that will look forwards instead of backwards and that will achieve the goal of local government which is ‘to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.’
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