The Notice of Motion designed to oust Brown, follows an earlier letter by the four Board members to Council CEO, Stephen Town which refers to their ‘wish to remove’ Brown from her Deputy Chair position.
Social media is awash with Chair Paul Walden’s spin on the coup. It seems there was always an intention to rotate the position between members. Yeah right! Brown says on Facebook “the decision was made to elect (me) as the Deputy Chair for the term. The advice (from Council staff) that was received suggested that if they (the Board) wanted to rotate the role this should be included in the resolutions of the inaugural meeting.” No such resolutions were made and Brown was therefore elected for the term. Walden and his cohorts need to understand that all the spin in the world doesn’t alter the facts.
Brown had good support during her election campaign. She threw her hat into the ring as an independent but quickly cosied up to the EW team with its close Green Party connections. It remains to be seen if the likes of John Hawkesby, who sponsored Brown’s election campaign, will back her now.
Hard left Green Party list MP Denise Roche will also be forced to show who she supports given her 2013 speech to Parliament citing the several Green Party members elected to local boards across Auckland, including Brown, as such ‘competent, fabulous people’. Will she now put her money where her mouth is?
Meanwhile Brown’s place will be taken by Treadwell - the Queen of two jobs and a commuter to boot. The Board meeting time has already been changed to accommodate her needs and the extra $10,000 salary will be enticing. But her actions aren’t quite in keeping with her election pitch. “We need a Board that works inclusively, not divisively. Decisions need to be made by consensus and without polarization.” Oh dear! Her words will come back to haunt her as she plays the black queen Lady Macbeth to Walden’s backstabbing black king.
And what of Brown? Is this the end for her Green Party ambitions? Her next two years are going to be very lonely for her. Having been neutralised will she stand by her commitment to act in the best interests of the community even if it means voting against the Gang of Four.
The knives are out, the message clear – don’t cross the king or queen. If you do, you can expect swift retribution. Better to remain a compliant pawn. However, the play’s the thing, and it didn’t end well for the Macbeths.