Statements made about the Waiheke Local Board community funding process in Gulf News (3 October) by an anonymous correspondent (whose name Gulf News chose to withhold) are blatantly untrue and completely inaccurate. The Letter to the Editor entitled ‘Too Much Power?’ wrongly attributed the work of Council officers to the Board Chairperson, accusing the Chairperson of having too much power and leading the decision-making.
What has been completely lost on the letter-writer is that it is Council Officers who process the applications, research the projects, write the report and make non-binding recommendations for Board members to take into consideration. A simple reading of the agenda would have revealed this. Anyone who has stayed at the meeting long enough to hear the comprehensive discussion from all Board members, on what to fund and how to make a little money go a long way, would also be well aware of this.
In a blatant attempt to vilify the Board, the letter-writer only displays their own ignorance
Sadly, the Editor made no attempt to clarify the accuracy of the claims before printing the letter, just withheld the name and jumped in boots and all. So, what’s new?
It is inconceivable that the editor, who's been attending Board meetings for decades could be unaware of due process. So what could be the motivation for printing this trash. Oh, that's right, there's an election and something tells me it's not the Waiheke 'A' Team she wants to get elected.