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The importance of vigilance – Basil Holmes

As one of the island’s and NZ ancients I applaud any idea and above all actions that will strengthen and defend the democratic traditions of the NZ people. We do have such traditions, and we do have a history which includes on both Maori and Pakeha sides battling in many different circumstances for the preservation of freedom and the rights of the people.

Always there are elements eager to oppose these aims, usually where financial interests are involved . We have not yet returned to some of the dangerous moments of the past where the full power of the State has been used against the people or particular sections of the people in NZ.  However vigilance, particularly in the present state of the world, is of enormous importance.

The best place to be actively vigilant at the moment is obviously in our own backyard i.e. Waiheke. With the sudden turn of events now arousing concern amongst many of the most active participants of the recent local election it is truly heart-warming, as the cliche has it, for myself to see the outburst of demand that democracy, honesty, truth and old fashioned fair play has come to the forefront very rapidly around this Local Council issue.

Our history tells us that inevitably the more noble the aim the more there is resistance but ultimately and inevitably the loftier goals including the truth are reached.

Anyone who has any notion at all to keep the Local Board serving the people of Waiheke and fearlessly struggling for increasing local power in the face of the new giant city and the CCOs deserves to be heard and their ideas considered. The need to make sure to defeat any weakening of Denise’s role on the Board is very central to this at the moment.

Respect for the people votes is a bit flimsy in some quarters apparently. This is a dangerous trend. One we have to change quite firmly, without any hesitancy. This is how history is written and evolves. Now part of the front line for this is currently on Waiheke. We shall win. This much is certain.

Best wishes to all fighters for Waiheke democracy and Denise Roche.

Basil Holmes.

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  1. Alan Knight says

    Ha! Basil Holmes enters the fray at last!
    I was wondering where you were Basil, now that we need your excellent energies and ideas. Please keep this up. Together we can all stop this idiocy before it gets out of hand.

  2. Thomas Roberts says

    Interesting contrast to Wellington, where the Green Mayor Cchose a right winger as the deputy Mayor ,You know inclusive Greens in action , consensus politics and all that.
    What an inauspicious start to the new board. Have fun Waiheke

  3. Mary batten says

    I absolutely agree with Basil. The more that politics can be kept out of local body the better. I think most people feel that what is required is a team effort – all working for the good of Waiheke Island. This seems to me to be a most undemocratic way to elect the Chairman and Deputy Chair.

  4. Nobilangelo says

    There’s always the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA2002)–specifically section 238, which defines failure to comply with the Act as an offence. Anyone can initiate a case in the District Court against an alleged offender, who will then be tried (one hopes by a judge with eyes and a brain), and if found guilty fined up to $5000 (section 242 defines the penalty).

    Vigilance with the hefty LGA2002 in hand would therefore make a telling weapon. See the full Act at http://www.legislation.co.nz/act/public/2002/0084/latest/DLM170873.html

    A breach of the key section in the LGA2002, which is section 10. would therefore be an offence:

    ’10. Purpose of local government. The purpose of local government is–(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and (b) to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future.’

    Democracy and the four well-beings. That is the law that every WLBer will swear on November the 6th to act in accordance with. They should read it, know it off by heart (heart, not head), and strain every sinew to stick to it.

    They should also stick to section 14, which sets out the principles of local government (note the ‘must’ at the top):

    http://www.legislation.co.nz/act/public/2002/0084/latest/DLM171810.html

    I wonder how many times errant members of the WLB could face a court case before they buckled and glued themselves to section 10.There are hundreds of sections in the Act for them to stumble over and us to watch them with.

    In short, don’t just hit them with loud protests. Hit them with the law that they will swear to obey.

    Such as the oath they will swear: to be ‘faithful and impartial’.

    But under the heading of loud protests I am glad the swearing-in is in the Ostend Hall not the boardroom as is usual. That hall full can make a much louder noise than a small room.

    [By the way, Andrew, board members’ email addresses and phone numbers are in the public arena so they can be published–as they will be on the AC website and every agenda. It is part of being ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’, as laid down in section 14.]



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