The island’s rent-a-mob was out in force at the last meeting protesting about the TPPA. They were afforded the opportunity by Board Member Brown who put a notice of motion about the TPPA on the agenda. There have been plenty of opportunities for those opposed to the trade agreement to express their anger and defiance. This is not Russia – yet. But the island’s rent-a-mob is too lazy to bother going to Auckland to join their fellow communists making a stand where it matters.
The minutes are long on resolutions telling the government what it should do to stop the TPPA, all of it Green Party propaganda. Next on the Green Party propaganda agenda is the government’s Emissions Trading Scheme legislation. Nothing to do with local government or this local board but, hey, it has delegated S. Brown (again) to prepare a submission. On and on it goes.
After all, let’s be honest, this Board is controlled by our local Green Party MP. In effect, they are her mouthpiece. The island’s rent-a-mob (which includes all our local board members) faithfully troop around to her house during the hols to get their battle plans and marching orders. Board meetings are now nothing more than political propaganda for Roche and the Greens. The shenanigans will be reported in the Green Party propaganda rags the Gulf News and Marketplace in a perpetual round of self-congratulation and glorification.
Meanwhile, the rubbish bins around the tourist spots are overflowing, dumping on Council land has become commonplace, toilets are left in an unsanitary condition, Council bbqs are filthy, tobacco weed, moth plant and other noxious plants thrive in public places stangling the native bush, roads fall into disrepair and nobody can get a car park at Matiatia after 9am.
But these things don’t matter to Waiheke Local Board. These are somehow not their problem. They are Auckland Council’s problem and, as they don’t want to belong to Auckland Council, they couldn’t care less about doing any of the things they were elected to do.
If politics is the art of the possible then why on earth do we need a Waiheke Local Board that spends its time tackling the impossible and so achieves the sum total of nothing useful for the ratepayers of Waiheke.
It’s a question residents and ratepayers might like to ponder when it comes to electing a new board in eight months time.
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