The Chair himself has been involved in a recent incident. This was his 30 second ‘flashing’ of the word ‘poison’ on a Facebook page. Not surprisingly the recipient of the message took it as a threat. Whether or not it was meant as such only he would know.
In a less threatening, but nevertheless unbecoming vein, Board Member Beatle Treadwell referred to a member of the community as ‘a dick’ on a Facebook page.
Such behaviour sends a message to the community. That message is in danger of becoming ‘it’s OK to threaten, it’s OK to speak disrespectfully to members of the public.’
When people complain about Board issues, I say ‘why don’t you write a letter or go to the police, or contact a Board member?’ They say, because they’re afraid to speak out.
I understand why. In the three month run up to the October election I made three complaints to the police: one for assault, one for vandalism of my signs, one for theft from my property of election material.
Let’s hope the new Board can learn quickly to set a better example or Waiheke is in danger of being labelled the ‘bad boy’ of Auckland Council.