Apparently Waiheke Youth Voice, the sons and daughters of local politicians with surnames like Roche, Walden and Treadwell, can’t be trusted to run their own affairs. Last year WYV chose to use the $5000 they were gifted by their parents (oops, Waiheke Local Board) on a party for themselves and their mates. This year it would seem that some adult supervision is required and it needs a whopping $10,000 of our money to do the job. The offspring of our local politicians must be particularly unruly.
Obviously, the Waiheke Local Board doesn’t think advice and management could be provided by Council’s own ‘Youth Development’ officers, one of whom is dedicated to Waiheke at vast expense to the ratepayer, or any guidance could be had from Auckland’s Youth Council, funded at vast expense by the ratepayer.
No, apparently WYV is so bereft of skills in managing themselves that they need to be supervised by adults who specialise in providing literacy skills. You couldn’t make it up.
What is really going on here of course is the channelling of ratepayers money into organisations with close links to the local Green Party. Waiheke Adult Literacy is a not a ‘community group’. It is a taxpayer funded organisation, another of the NGOs so beloved of locals Stansfield and his partner hard left Green Party List MP Denise Roche. Not content with all the money they receive from the taxpayer, this organisation has a ‘community’ lease, granted by the WLB, over the Old Library Space at Artworks. They are paid $30,000 by ratepayers, courtesy of the Waiheke Local Board, to ‘manage’ the space for community groups, which of course never get a look in.
Now they are being paid $10,000 to ‘manage’ Waiheke Youth. There is no accountability or transparency for the ratepayer as to how the money will be spent.
Is it any wonder Waiheke Local Board has lost the bulk of the funding it inherited from the first WLB when they have used their discretionary money to bolster their own political organisations, feather the nests of their young, and pay their supporters.
With less than a year to go before the next local body elections and comparatively little money for the next Board to inherit, the WLB is channelling as many assets as it can into the hands of its political support groups as possible, and funding them with our money. The legacy this Board is leaving is one of favouritism, cronyism and corruption.
Another $30k disappears into old library space black hole
Waiheke rates pay for party for Board members’ kids