The quitting Councillor who cites bullying as his reason for departure is from the South Wairarapa District Council. Bullying was also reported in the Horowhenua by a now ex Councillor Mrs Anne Hunt. (Read here also on that). Another Clr spoke out about being told how to vote (& I’ve heard two other occasions/councils elsewhere that that happens that I can’t cite names for). For your perusal here are a few more:
Claims of bullying, blackmail at Wanganui District Council (2012)
Gore District Council accused of ‘bullying’ (2008)
Horowhenua Mayor says he won’t cave to ‘bullies’ (2017)
Council bullying case costs $300,000 (2012)
Accusation of ‘bullying’ over Marlborough Council leak
Bullying Auckland Council
Cowboy park owner claims council’s bullying him (Westland 2016)
Obviously all is not well on the District Council fronts these days. (Not if you value honesty, transparency and due process that is). If you’ve noticed the same you need to read up on (UN) Agenda 21/30, see our pages at the main menu. Particularly you should read Dr Naomi Jacobs’ downloadable ebook on those pages. She throws a whole lot of light on what’s really going on … she wrote that after seeing the debacle that happened at NZ’s Kaipara/Mangawhai and their escalating rates. Also see the Local Govt Watch pages for more info on that. Rodney’s another interesting one where a gentleman lost his house & business for speaking up about council corruption. And of course our own Horowhenua where the new deputy Mayor’s post was very short lived & they also steadily refuse to open the books. Much like Auckland at present witness Penny Bright’s battle over that one. And so it just keeps coming. You need to watch this one especially as your rates continue to escalate exponentially, while your CEs sit on obscenely bloated salaries (Horowhenua $250K, some districts are over half a mill, Ak is $690K) and under their highly paid (incompetent?) watch your council debts climb through the roof. Seventy odd million Horowhenua’s was two years ago (some said $100 mill) and nobody in Council blinks an eye aside from the whistle blowers who do see something wrong with it. Something’s not right in the state of Denmark folks. As the saying goes. EnvirowatchRangitikei
From Wairarapa times-age.co.nz
A South Wairarapa councillor has resigned, citing “no confidence” in the mayor and district council’s chief executive.
Dayle Harwood emailed South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier and his former fellow councillors yesterday with the news.
Mrs Napier has accepted his resignation and plans to be in touch with Local Government New Zealand today to begin the process of finding a replacement via a by-election.
Mr Harwood told the Times-Age he was sick and tired of the “pettiness” and “elements of bullying” that went on behind the scenes.
He was elected onto South Wairarapa District Council (SWDC) for the Featherston ward in 2016.
He said there needed to be a change of attitude, and South Wairarapa needed a clear, new vision going forward.
“It’s time the council be led properly, and South Wairarapa deserves that. They voted against amalgamation, so they think this is a better model. The council needs to prove it, and they’re not doing that.”
He said he was also fed up with SWDC chief executive Paul Crimp not taking responsibility for issues that he was accountable for.
“I personally have no confidence in the mayor and CEO and I wish them all the best.”
Mr Crimp said Mr Harwood’s comments would be taken on board.
“As with any situation like this, we’ll look at the messages coming out and see what improvements, if any, need to be made.”
Mr Harwood said he “wasn’t getting any back up” from other councillors, and that SWDC did not appreciate his outspokenness.
“I felt it was just me up against the whole council.”
Closing on the note of council debts. Here is the Horowhenua Councillor Ross Campbell who was ousted from his new role as Deputy Mayor shortly after being appointed by the newly elected mayor who is of the same persuasion (prefers clean water, transparency, paying down debt not inflating it etc etc). The main reason cited at Cr Campbell’s ousting being speaking out about matters considered in-house or words to that effect on the modus operandi of the Economic Development Cttee (now Board where non elected members are privy to inside business / council info). The main offending matter is contained in a video at this link. In the video below he speaks about the ballooning debt of Horowhenua DC.