It is important for the current Local Board when they seek re-election next year that they keep alive the myth that they will keep their promise to build a ‘community’ pool within three years. It is also important for Liz Waters, owner/editor of the Gulf News because she played a major part in manufacturing this Board’s election victory.
Consequently, Waters will keep reassuring the gullible of Waiheke that a pool is still a possibility. She will keep alive the lie that there is any prospect of a pool for as long as possible through a campaign of misinformation, omissions, and propaganda.
Sadly for Waters and the Board, the reality is very different. The school doesn’t want a pool, the Waiheke Swimming Pool Committee doesn’t want a pool on school grounds (the community would be excluded from such a facility), and Shirin Brown said openly at a recent Board meeting that a pool ‘isn’t going to happen’. No matter how much spin Waters she puts on it, a pool, whether school or community, is dead in the water.
What the Gulf News omitted to tell you last week is that the WLB put the final nail in the pool coffin by voting to remove funding. The Essentially Waiheke team of Walden/Treadwell/Meeuwsen/Ballard that runs the Board needs the money instead to fund, you guessed it, Essentially Waiheke.
Here’s the resolution from the last WLB meeting
16 Essentially Waiheke budget re-allocation Resolution number WHK/2015/160 MOVED by Deputy Chairperson BM Treadwell, seconded by Member RE Ballard: That the Waiheke Local Board: a) reallocates $30,000 from the locally driven initiatives swimming pool budget to increase the existing Essentially Waiheke budget to a total of $50,000.
$30,000 has been removed from the swimming pool budget to add to the $20,000 already allocated to reviewing ‘Essentially Waiheke’. On the Board’s own admission it is only reviewing ‘selective’ parts of this document. It cannot possibly cost $50,000 to do this and of course it won’t. What it will do is add more of our money to the coffers of the ‘community’ group (read Waiheke Resources Trust or one of its surrogate organisations) that is supposedly reviewing a document that is already
incorporated into the Hauraki Gulf Islands District Plan? What a colossal waste of ratepayers’ money.
What is the money really for? Well we can expect to be deluged by a heap of propaganda put out by the ‘review’ team telling us how wonderful the ‘Essentially Waiheke’ team has been in the run up to the next election. Expect more junk journalism from the Gulf News. This is Liz Waters ‘dream’ board and she will do everything in her power to keep it there. $50,000 on top of the $200,000 the Waiheke Resources Trust has already been allocated by this Board will pay for a lot of votes for the Essentially Waiheke team at the next election.
$20,000 review of Essentially Waiheke to pave way for urbanisation
Aye there's the RUB