Walden, Meeuwsen, Treadwell and Ballard have ganged up on Brown and requested the CEO of Auckland Council to remove her from her position. They will them ‘rotate’ the position between Treadwell and Ballard. The Notice of Motion is on this week’s Board agenda.
1. The purpose of this report is to enable the Board to consider:
i) The removal of the deputy chairperson; and
ii) The election of a new deputy chairperson or deputy chairpersons on a rotational
2. On 19 November 2014, a majority of the Waiheke Local Board members requisitioned to the Chief Executive to remove Waiheke deputy chairperson and introduce ‘rotating deputy chairpersons’ (Attachment A).
3. On the same day the Chief Executive gave a notice in writing to each member that:
“Notice of a business meeting of the Waiheke Local Board to consider the
removal of the deputy chair and appoint a new deputy chair (or deputies):
By a requisition received on 19 November 2014 I hereby give notice that at its ordinary business meeting to be held at 5:15pm Thursday 11th December, 2014 at the Waiheke Local Board office, Oneroa Bowling Club, 100 Oceanview Rd, Alison Park, Waiheke Island, the Waiheke Local Board will be considering the attached requisition signed by a majority of the Waiheke Local Board members.”
It is obvious from the timing of the request to oust Brown that this matter had come to a head prior to the last Board Meeting. This must have freed Brown to register her vote against the Board's resolution to defer a decision.
Secretarial Note: Member Shirin requested that her vote against motion c) above be recorded as she believes there is enough information available to make this decision.
It has taken a year for any member if the WLB to vote against any motion of the Board. It was this time last year that they stood shoulder to shoulder in joyous celebration of their Green Party inspired victory at the last elections. Although not strictly a member of the EW Team that got all four members elected Brown, a Green Party member, allowed herself to be associated with them and was rewarded with the Deputy Chair position. Her mentor, hard left Green Party list MP Denise Roche, spoke glowingly of Brown’s potential as a future Green Party MP in front of an empty house in Parliament. Since then the only tension on the Board has been between Green Party MP hopefuls Walden and Brown. I noted this in a blog earlier this year.
Brown has also been problematic to the Board for another reason. She has a modicum of intelligence. This must irk Walden who has no formal qualifications and has been a failure at most of the enterprises he has attempted. It must be obvious to even the dumbest of Board members that Walden is there for two reasons, to further his family’s ambitions as property developers and the pursue his family’s long running vendettas.
Under the Walden dictatorship no dissention will be tolerated. This is a shame for Brown personally as she will lose the extra $10,000 that comes with the position. It will go instead to the two weakest members of the Board, both of whom struggle to attend workshops and Board meetings.
Whilst I have little pity to waste on Brown she has at least shown she has taken her position as a community representative seriously. She is the only Board member to report back to the community about what she has been doing on their behalf in her Deputy Chair’s report attached to the agenda of each meeting. Presumably the others do nothing so there is nothing to report. She has attended meetings and listened to concerns raised by residents.
She has also shown she has a mind of her own, something Walden cannot tolerate, hence the two simpering lackeys who will replace her. Which side hard left Green Party list MP Denise Roche is backing remains to be seen. I suspect Brown will be told to swallow her punishment and continue backing the Board. I’ll keep you posted.