Mr Millar has resigned from the group following the fanatical denunciation of the TPPA by the Waiheke Local Board whose members include the leader of the Our Waiheke group. As a supporter of the TPPA, Mr Millar could not countenance the absurd claims made by the local board against the TPPA in its propaganda sheet the Gulf News.
Mr Millar has had extensive experience in export industries as well as local government. He is a former head of the NZ Trade Development Board. He is therefore well placed to understand the benefits of the TPPA to New Zealand, a deal that has had the long term support of both National and Labour. He is also well placed to know that the claims made by local board members and editor of the Gulf News are hysterical nonsense.
Although Mr Millar has been involved in local government as a bureaucrat he is not a politician. If he had been, he might have been more wary of joining a group whose real agenda is about power and control and not what is in the best interests of Waiheke and its community. Being new to the island, he must have been unaware that it is manipulated and controlled by the extreme left wing of the Green Party represented by the Stansfield/Roche duo and their mouthpiece the equally fanatical editor of the Gulf News, Liz Waters.
Perhaps Mr Millar’s misgivings about the Auckland Council amalgamation structure led him to join the group. Most of us no doubt share such misgivings, but any Council is only as good as its members. Auckland Council could have been made to work if we had had a mayor who wasn’t self serving and profligate. The same would apply to a Waiheke Council. Small is not necessarily beautiful. There would be nothing cost effective and efficient about a Waiheke Council controlled by the likes of the current Waiheke Local Board who have squandered millions and achieved zero for the community. They are protest politicians who posture and pontificate about matters over which they have no understanding and are none of their business. A Waiheke Council controlled by such people would be an unmitigated disaster.
It has take Mr Millar a while to see the light. I only hope he hasn’t been responsible for taking Waiheke to the dark side of the ditch where it languished until the early nineties.
Its not about independence its about control
Amalgamation versus De-amalgamation