The exact purpose of the trip remains clouded in mystery.
Eminent local doctor Kevin Appleton, who claimed to have been invited to join the cruise, believes its intention is "to improve Waiheke for residents and visitors alike", although after making this statement he then admitted he had made up his invitation, and got rather confused, the poor fellow.
American student Marshall Lewis, a keen defender of the venture, admitted he had "no idea" about its purpose.
And John Meeuwsen, a member of the Local Board, claimed it would be "very good value for ratepayers". He went on to discuss a need to get a better idea of the Hauraki Gulf Forum.
Quite why he needs to spend a day aboard an expensive Ferry to do this, when he could simply read the Forum minutes in the Local Board office, I have no idea. He chose not to explain that.
He also declined to elucidate as to why a free briefing on the Marine Spatial Plan from one of the countless Council officers whose responsibility this actually is, was something he spurned in favour of a junket with the ill-informed.
Veteran politician, and wily old dog Mike Lee, who knows a vote loser when he sees one, urged the Local Board to can the whole idea.
Board members Walden and Brown wisely chose not to answer questions about the trip when I posed them to them. Perhaps they acknowledged you cannot defend the indefensible. Perhaps they had not received instructions from the Cabal Verte. Who knows?
And Board Member Ballard elected to maintain the dignified and absolute silence she has chosen to adopt since her somewhat "surprising elevation" from young mother to local dignitary late last year. Perhaps she is overwhelmed, and who could blame her?
As for Board Member Treadwell, she also failed to respond, presumably distracted by the busy duties elsewhere which hamper her prompt attendance at Board meetings so often.
So it's difficult to know what to make of it. Undeniably it is a junket. Unless a miracle occurs, it will be another $15k down the Swanny.
Look, no-one expected them to simply slip into the job and get it right from the start. It was clear from some of their absurd election promises there was little understanding of purview or financial responsibility.
Even Walden, who had joined the previous Board mid-term after Denise Roche dumped the local populace to further her own personal ambitions, could hardly be expected to have much of a grasp of how things were done, given his sporadic attendance record.
But this? This cannot be explained away as naiveté. This nonsense smacks of self gratification.
The Great Barrier Board are clearly a bit more savvy – they jumped at the chance to let the ratepayers of Waiheke sponsor a day in the sun aboard ship for them.
The great city of Detroit is bankrupt. The imperious metropolis of Rome is days away from joining the ranks of the financially moribund, and countless smaller towns and cities have filed for bankruptcy in recent years.
Local government must learn to be financially prudent. Budgets must be treated as upper spending limits, not sums to be got rid of with all due haste.
Auckland is facing a debt crisis, and every employee of Auckland Council, every Councillor and Board member should be working to minimise costs, not to inflate them with vague initiatives that would struggle to hold water even in boom times.
The sad fact is that when a city goes bust, it is the services than stop, and the people that suffer. The bins and the buses, the lighting and leaf sweeping, all fall by the wayside.
But the people who caused it, the financially profligate leaches who wasted our hard earned rates? They carry on with their comfortable salaries, their generous expenses, safe in the knowledge that another election is nearly 3 years away.
And all the while we work our fingers to the bones, to pay our rates to service the debt they have forced this city of ours into, with their shameless irresponsibility.
There are of course 2 days to go. Is it too much that the Board will heed the hundreds of emails, the messages, the cries of the ordinary people imploring them to junk the junket?
by Jerry Flay