Treadwell has bowed out. This is not surprising given her appalling attendance record. She was late or a non-attendee for nearly every meeting. Her ruthless backstabbing of the deputy chair so she could get her job didn’t go down well in the community.
Both Brown and ‘Angry John’ Meeuwsen have tried to put some distance between themselves and the Walden Team by claiming to be ‘independent’ on the ballot forms. They really must think the community is thick. They have consistently voted with Walden for three solid years. It is understandable they want to distance themselves from the toxic Walden brand but their block voting record says they are tarred with the same brush.
According to Teadwell the following is the make-up of the Walden Team, calling itself ‘Waiheke Voice’
From Treadwell's FB Page: "Local Board nominations closed yesterday. I decided not to stand. The Waiheke Voice ticket consists of Becs Ballard, John Meeuwsen, Paul Walden, Christine Gisby and Tracey Weston.
Brown is definitely on the outer. Gisby is the recipient of over $150,000 of ratepayer funding from Walden for her involvement in ‘Direction Matiatia’. Weston is a young mum who runs Video Ezy. Both easily manipulated by Walden.
A new Green candidate has emerged, Sarah McCleod, who thinks electric buses and golf carts will meet the transport needs of the island. McLeod might have done better to stand as ‘independent’.
The good news is that five truly independent candidates have put their hands up: myself, Cath Handley, Irene Armstrong, Bob Upchurch and Jim Hannan.
Jim will be known to the community as the ‘face of Fullers’ for many years as their Waiheke manager and he was, of course, a member of the first Waiheke Local Board that achieved so much for the island.
Cath Handley is in every sense a high achiever. She runs her own management services business , has been a Director of Watercare, Chief Executive of the Ellerslie Flower Show, Chief Executive of Youth Horizons Trust. She is currently on the Waiheke High School Scholastic Trust.
Irene Armstrong has been an island marriage celebrant for many years. She was a former member of a Liquour Licensing Trust, so has good experience in dealing with Councils, and is a Justice of the Peace. Find out more on her blog
Bob Upchurch will be well known to several generations of Waiheke youth as a well respected teacher at Waiheke High School. He retired last year after a career spanning four decades.
Waiheke is lucky to have an engaged community with people willing to put their names forward. There is a clear choice between the negative, backward looking current Board and independent candidates who can hopefully work together for a positive future.