Also missing was the fortnightly WLB meeting scheduled for last Thursday. As yet there is no notification of a meeting this Thursday.
Keeping the public in the dark is bad for democracy. It will not enhance the already sad reputation the WLB has for being self-serving rather than acting in the best interests of the community.
It’s possible of course that the Board cannot find a quorum (three members out of five) available to attend the Board’s fortnightly business meetings. Rarely do all five members turn up for a business meeting. As often as not those who do turn up are late for the meeting. One, Becs Ballard, has only turned up to one fortnightly local board workshop in two years. These workshops are to brief the Board on many matters including those that will arise in the business meeting where decisions are supposed to be made. Is it any wonder then that she takes little or no part in the Board’s business meetings when she has little or no idea what is going on. Ballard has already been elected as the next Deputy Chair to take over in December.
This sort of behaviour from the Board is unethical. There is a code of conduct that is supposed to guide the behaviour of elected members. Elected members take an oath to uphold the integrity of their office. Some of the key principles they are supposed to uphold include, impartiality, openness, accountability, respect and leading by example. On all accounts the members of this Board score a big fail.
Recent statements made by the Board in the press show they are not impartial. The failure to make the minutes of their meetings available to the public in a timely manner shows they lack openness; the handing of ratepayers’ money to Trusts makes accountability invisible; comments made by Board members on social media show they lack respect for individuals within the community. By these examples they show they lack leadership, authority and integrity.
It is less than a year until the next local body elections. Waiheke Local Board members demonstrate time and again they don’t have the integrity to serve the community well. It is to be hoped that more upstanding members of the community will come forward for election, otherwise we will continue to be treated like mushrooms and kept in the dark.