Ms Lawler has no expertise in the field of transport planning.
Shirin Brown has obviously been reading this blog and with the realisation that her place on the local board may be at risk has become concerned about the allocation of the $50,000 set aside to pay Direction Matiatia for a 'comprehensive strategic plan for Matiatia'.
This will obviously do nothing to endear her to her fellow board members.
Chairman Paul Walden has launched a defence of their decision by claiming that "the money is not being allocated, it is being set aside to pay the group as it requires the funds".
Sorry Paul but for your information this is exactly what the word 'allocated' means.
Moreover he says the group was formed to advocate for the protection, promotion and enhancement of Matiatia not just to fight the marina plan.
In Paul's mind this qualifies them to be called experts.
The current members of Direction Matiatia's executive committee are listed as being a tour operator, a teacher, an active supporter of the Waiheke Animal Charity Calendar and a retired principal.
Hardly experts in spatial planning.
Direction Matiatia's Merran Lawler says the group was entrusted with half a million dollars of community money for the Environment Court case and that she is surprised Brown does not think it could be entrusted with $50,000.
Big difference Merran.
The half million dollars raised by way of donation was provided to pay court costs.
The $50,000 is ratepayer money (not taxpayer's money as you claim in the caption under your photo) provided to deliver a strategic report.
These are two distinctly different deliveries requiring two completely different sets of inputs and outcomes.
Merran then goes on to claim that Direction Matiatia has strong relationships with experts which will allow them to move a plan from something written to something tangible.
We are not told who those so-called experts are or what they are able to contribute.
Finally she states "We need to engage a Project Manager, we need to engage experts to actually do the work, and we need to bring council and CCO's along with that process.
What on earth is she talking about.
Direction Matiatia have been allocated funding to deliver a plan.
It appears from Merran's comments that they have also been given an undertaking that they would be commissioned to oversee any projects approved as a result of that plan.
The ratepayers of Waiheke deserve to be told whether there is a hidden agenda in respect to this project.
Lawler is rumoured to be running against Brown in the upcoming local body election. Lawler comments in the local rag that she needs lots of money because even $1000 isn't enough to keep her in scones.
Brown has been on the outer of the Waiheke Board ever since she had the audacity to oppose Chairman Walden just once in nearly three years. Brown might just be getting to grips with the fact that she is accountable to ratepayers not other Board members.
Open ended chequebooks given to favoured groups using ratepayers money usually end up being the subject of corruption enquiries. If a new, more fiscally responsible Board is elected this October maybe the first thing they should do is open such an enquiry into the conduct of this Board which has handed over $500,000 to crony groups without any of the usual checks and balances.