Bernard Orsman reported on the latest news in an article yesterday. It should serve as a wake up call to the vast majority on Waiheke who oppose this breakaway attempt by a group of self-serving politicians and hangers on whose only interest is power and control.
Waiheke Island, a bastion of alternative lifestyles and views, is making a fresh bid to break away from Auckland.
A group of islanders, "Our Waiheke", has got an application for a unitary council before the Local Government Commission.
Spokesman John Meeuwsen has told Super City Mayor Len Brown that the issues on mainland Auckland have limited relevance on Waiheke Island.
An online petition for de-amalgamation has attracted 1861 signatures from the island's population of 8500.
What this figure actually demonstrates is that after a year of trying to get people to sign up to this madcap scheme OW has very limited support. The recent hikoi to bolster the OW campaign organised by Meeuwsen, and fully supported by the island’s mainstream media, could only attract the usual island rent-a-mob of around 20 people.
Local Government Commission chairman Sir Wira Gardiner said the commission will next determine what the area affected by the application is - Waiheke or the whole of Auckland - and then make an assessment as to whether there is community support for local government reorganisation in the affected area.
"If the Commission is not satisfied about community support, it may at this point decline the application," Sir Wira said.
Nevertheless, there remains significant opposition to the OW bid behind the scenes, not only in tourism related businesses that have so much to lose, but also in the wider community.
This report in the Herald should sound a wake up call to all those who oppose the OW bid. If they fail to make their voice heard they will suffer the consequences. Complacency remains OWs best weapon.
"If it is satisfied there is support, it will call for alternative applications before deciding on a preferred local government option.
"If the preferred option is not the status quo, the Commission will then begin developing a draft reorganisation proposal before consulting further with the community and gauging public support for it."
A commission spokesman said it was too early to know the cost of any reorganisation.
Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye said she was a bit worried the issue would polarise islanders.
"I know there is some support but there are also a number of people opposed," she said.
"At this point I do have real concerns about the ability of another entity to fund Waiheke's infrastructure requirements, given the number of residents now living on Waiheke and the huge number of tourists visiting the island. I will be listening and seeking the community's views on the application over the coming months."
This failed and corrupt Waiheke Local Board and its sycophants are behind the move. Eric Millar has had his eyes opened, now its your turn to take the blinkers off. If you care about Waiheke and its future now is the time to act. Feel free to contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org