Why would any teenager think this was a fun, perhaps even acceptable, thing to do? I venture to suggest it’s because they’ve been given a wrong message through our current community leaders, the High School, the local Green party propaganda sheet - the Gulf News, and despicable social media pages such as the so-called ‘Waiheke Island Peoples’ Parliament’ (WIPP), that the Golf Club is somehow fair game, ‘unfriendly’ to the environment and open to abuse. Clearly, such misinformation about the Golf Club couldn't be further from the truth but, leaving that aside, this is the message these schoolchildren seem to have received. Why else would the Golf Club be a target?
Cowardly actions such as this can be expected when the local paper thrives on pitting Islander against Islander; when community leaders rewrite history and their political propaganda seeps into the fabric of a community. Both Waiheke Local Board Chairman Paul Walden and his Deputy Shirin Brown found it amusing to hold a tea party on the golf course greens with their children as part of their election campaign, putting their children in danger and thumbing their noses at the golfers. Childish behaviour, which we now see emulated. Remember too the clever (riderless?) horse that found its way onto the Golf Course on the morning of a tournament, rode in neat circles and damaged the greens and then made a quick getaway over neighbouring properties.
This bad behaviour and bullying by adults has now been picked up on by the children. There is a very nasty Green underbelly to Waiheke, which bodes ill for the future.