Internationally Greenpeace admitted that $5 million of its $8million loss in the last financial year came from an international currency gamble by one of its trusted employees. This will impact on the standing of the organisation in the eyes of its supporters who don’t like to think it engages in capitalist speculative deals. However, its slavish adherents worldwide can easily stump up to cash to keep the organisation afloat to continue its gamble with lives out there in the deep blue yonder.
At the national level the latest Herald/Digipoll showed the Greens support slipping away to the Mana/Intenet/Dotcon Party, such is the level of commitment to the cause. A Labour/Green/Dotcon opposition would still be be 10 percentage points adrift of National, whose standing with the electorate continues resolutely above the 50% mark. But national politics is a fickle business and the stupidity of MMP makes a lottery of the whole process. It’s anybody’s gamble and the final outcome is still too close to call.
The third piece of bad news is that John Stansfield, partner of hard left Green Party list MP Denise Roche, has stood down as head of the Waiheke High School Board of Trustees. This is bad news for the local Greens because being head of the BoTs is a highly influential position in the local community and springboard for much of their power on the island. For example, only Green Party (Essentially Waiheke) candidates were allowed into the schools to speak to classes during the last local body election.
Stansfield’s sudden departure leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
Did he jump or was he pushed? Stansfield isn’t known for his staying power in the organisations he becomes associated with, so maybe the same problems that have haunted him in the past are rearing their head again.
Is it because the fall from grace within the ranks of the Green Party of his partner, coupled with the party’s own poor showing in the polls, has put the future income of the family in jeopardy and his presence is required on the campaign trail to bolster the Green vote?
Are questions being asked about the whereabouts of the $25,000 report into where to site the school pool? This was due at the end of April and has still not seen the light of day. This was ratepayers money handed over to the Boards of Trustees of Waiheke High and Te Huruhi by the Green Party influenced Waiheke Local Board without any accountability whatsoever. Is there a link with the other troubles of the green movement?
There are also rumours that the schools are looking for extra funding towards their rebuild from organisations outside the Ministry of Education that Stansfield is philosophically opposed to and this has caused tension within the Board of Trustees.
Maybe the answers will be known in time but, all in all, not a day to savour, unless of course green doesn’t happen to be your favourite colour.