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Kate Hastings, who took over from Sean Deery when he stepped down as chairman during his three-year term, says lobbying elected people is how the process works. We all know that -- it's how you build up your numbers,'' she says. Outgoing board chairman Tony Sears agrees, saying it was obvious Ms Roche would not become chairwoman. Within hours of the election results there were emails flying around from her supporters saying just that. It can't have been a surprise. She's an expert at motivating people and getting them behind her but the community elected those five people and it's in their hands to deter- mine who is chairperson.'' But Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee says the popularity of Ms Roche was not taken into account. Whether by design or accident, the community has opted for a green, centre-left leader but also for a more conservative, centre-of-the-road board as a check in the balance. That said, the board has every right to make the decision over who should be chairperson. The overall question is, is it the right decision?'' Mr Lee is willing to assist if the board asks. It's vital we all have a good working relationship with the community.'' He also says it shouldn't be about party politics. In terms of political philosophy, what the five board members have in common is much more significant than what has been reported as separating them.'' By Monday, Ms Roche had received replies from Ms Storer and Ms Holmes saying they would not be entering facilitated discussion''. Ms Storer says: It's my firm view that any business should be conducted at constituted business meetings or workshops with council staff present taking official minutes. In this way there is no room for misunderstandings or misrepre- sentations.'' Ms Holmes' response says the ill- informed emails, phone calls and text messages'' she has received have shown her the wisdom of the board's selection of Ms Storer as chairwoman and herself as deputy. As a result any facilitated dis- cussion' would be futile. While I continue to hope you can use your knowledge and skills to the benefit of Waiheke and work with us as a board I am now focused on the work ahead in promoting the best interests of this island,'' she says. Mr McKenzie has written a letter to Waiheke Marketplace stating his pos- ition. Mr Hannan says he won't be chang- ing his position and the process has been carried through according to the council's request. Mr Sears says mediation was never going to happen. The fact Denise doesn't like it is irrelevant. The board doesn't need to mediate on the issue of chairperson, but they do need to work together going forward -- it's part of the rules of engagement.'' Ms Roche says many people are hacked off'' with the decision. That will be made official on Saturday. However, I'm glad that people have had the opportunity to make their views clear to their elected representatives. This decision is the first of many that the board will make over the next three years so it's good that we are reminded that we will be held account- able for them.'' It is expected portfolios will be formally allocated at the first business meeting of the new board on December 7. Ms Roche is hoping the suggested portfolios will be reviewed, saying some just don't make sense''. The youth portfolio, for example -- I'd have thought local youth should have had some say on who they'd like as their liaison person. One of the areas where I may be underutilised is in the social and com- munity services area. And I'd also like to participate in the Civil Defence com- mittee -- I have some ideas around building community resilience where I could offer my organising and promotions skills.'' Ms Storer says her motto has always been the best person for the job''. I'm quite confident the choices I've suggested are exactly that. But by December 7, the council committees should have been decided on and this could influence our possible portfolio roles. The point is we can create new spo- kespersons' roles as required,'' Ms Storer says. Calls for restraint at meeting Inauguration: The Waiheke Local Board will be sworn in to office in front of mayor Len Brown on November 6 at Ostend Hall. From left: Jim Hannan, Faye Storer, Don McKenzie, Denise Roche and Jo Holmes. Not the right time: Mike Lee says people should take part in the board inauguration ceremony ''with full Waiheke dignity''. By GEORGE GARDNER Mike Lee is urging people not to air their dirty laundry at the Wai- heke Local Board inaug- uration on Saturday. There are concerns supporters of board member Denise Roche plan to make their views known at the 3pm meet- ing at Ostend War Mem- orial Hall. They are angry Ms Roche was not voted in as board chairwoman. But Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mr Lee says any protest would not be helpful for Wai- heke. No sooner have we got a degree of indepen- dence, we're appealing back to town for help. I don't think a protest on November 6 is going to be helpful for the image of Waiheke. Whatever we think of this situation individu- ally, it's not laundry that should be aired in front of our new mayor. The whole point of a board is to try to achieve consensus, but on the other hand I'd urge Den- ise's supporters to exer- cise restraint. Restraint and careful reflection is needed on everyone's part. We should participate in that ceremony with full Waiheke dignity.'' Outgoing community board chairman Tony Sears has urged people to let democracy work its course''. He says: The island isn't going to fall into the sea. The community has elected a board and the board is making de- cisions. The first decision is the chairperson. What does it say about us when the first decision they make is treated with uproar? Sometimes decisions don't go our way and we have to live with that. You always have the potential of being out- voted. There will be another election in three years' time. We hope after 21 years of Auckland City Council we have reached a maturity. The last thing we want is the inauguration day to be a farce. We should be cele- brating that we even have a local board. To turn it into a day of protest will only confirm what John Banks said about herding cats -- that we have not matured.'' Ms Roche says she is looking forward to the inauguration. I'm sure there'll be a big turnout because we are fortunate to live in a community that really does care about local democracy. I'm hoping that the meeting on Saturday will be well attended but orderly.''
November 10th 2010