The first major setback was the resignation from the OW team of Eric Millar, the man who prepared its very sketchy budget. The second, and much greater setback, is the decision by the LGC that the whole of Auckland, not just Waiheke, must be consulted on any application.
The OW groups had been coat-tailing their application on a similar bid by the Rodney ward of Auckland Council to form their own Unitary Authority. The LGC has been considering what the term ‘affected area’ meant in relation to the Rodney bid. It has decided, as I rightly concluded in an earlier blog after reading the legislation, that the ‘affected area’ is all of Auckland.
Less than six years into the life of the country's biggest local body, Aucklanders are being asked for new ideas on the way the city is governed.
The Local Government Commission has been required by legislation to make the move, deciding debate on a breakaway move by Auckland's rural north needs to be widened because it would affect the entire region.
However, the prospects of any real change seem remote. The government has proposed new ways of deciding local government reorganisation, and the law could change before the Auckland debate is concluded.........
Local Government Commission chair Sir Wira Gardiner said there were elements of the current law which made it "an ass".
"If there was a way that we could perhaps pause and wait till the new legislation could come through. If that was going to happen then that might be sensible but right now we don't have that option, we just have to pursue the law as it is," he said.
Whether or not the current law is fit for purpose, Aucklanders will be able to float new ideas on how the city is run until the end of June - and, if the commission finds merit in their arguments, the process could run for years.
I'm afraid this is not good news at all. Our best hope for independence was to fly as much under the radar as possible……. now that North Rodney has blown our cover, calling the entire Supercity into question, you can be sure that the Nats will do everything they can to protect their baby.
Such lies are for public consumption in the OW Team’s and Waiheke Local Board’s propaganda sheet the Gulf News. Waiheke can expect a whole lot of spin for that source this week but if residents want to know what’s really happening on Waiheke then the only source of reliable information is this blog.
Oops! as OW discovers it isn’t all about them
It’s not about independence it’s about control
'Our Waiheke’ censors opposing voices
Wexit accountant resigns from Our Waiheke
Amalgamation versus de-amalgamation