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FACTS PLEASE

 |  Elisabeth Resl  | 
The Informer’s Through the Portal opinion piece – ‘Local Authorities to act with Integrity’ took a critical stance towards the process TCDC used to establish Māori Wards in our region and has been triggering a flurry of diverse responses. The Mayor got in first with his weekly newsletter accusing the author of making “a large number of inaccurate and factually incorrect statements, along with some inflammatory and offensive rhetoric’ and that this ‘has the potential to ignite into more serious threats and actions’. Strong views on the article, from diverse perspectives, were expressed through Letters to the Editor. Good to see that common sense prevailed in the end and no one was further pushed into apologies, a move that would have raised serious concerns with most constituents. After all scrutiny of Council processes is necessary and legitimate. And this is the point: the article was specifically about the integrity of the decision-making process and whether this sat comfortably within what we commonly understand as democratic process. The merits of the decision have not been questioned, however vigorously they have been commented on. While the merits question is worth a broadly-based, well-informed discussion my concern is that the Council has not responded to the process issue. Can the Council please clearly state what the ‘inaccurate and factually incorrect statements’ in the article were? What was the rationale, the cost benefit analysis, the responses from consultation, if any, that underpinned this decision? Allegations need to be substantiated with clear statements of facts. During Waitangi weekend I heard an interview with a Council representative on Coromandel’s CFM. The Council speaker seemed to say that yes, the Māori Ward decision has been taken, but the Council is embarking on asking the community what their views are on the matter. Really? So, the ratepayers who not only pay for all the process related costs are now expected to pay for a PR initiative that gauges their views on a done deal? If I heard this correctly, this is dark comedy material.

The Mayor got in first with his weekly newsletter accusing the author of making “a large number of inaccurate and factually incorrect statements, along with some inflammatory and offensive rhetoric’ and that this ‘has the potential to ignite into more serious threats and actions’.

Strong views on the article, from diverse perspectives, were expressed through Letters to the Editor.

Good to see that common sense prevailed in the end and no one was further pushed into apologies, a move that would have raised serious concerns with most constituents. After all scrutiny of Council processes is necessary and legitimate.

And this is the point: the article was specifically about the integrity of the decision-making process and whether this sat comfortably within what we commonly understand as democratic process. The merits of the decision have not been questioned, however vigorously they have been commented on.

While the merits question is worth a broadly-based, well-informed discussion my concern is that the Council has not responded to the process issue.

Can the Council please clearly state what the ‘inaccurate and factually incorrect statements’ in the article were? What was the rationale, the cost benefit analysis, the responses from consultation, if any, that underpinned this decision? Allegations need to be substantiated with clear statements of facts.

During Waitangi weekend I heard an interview with a Council representative on Coromandel’s CFM. The Council speaker seemed to say that yes, the Māori Ward decision has been taken, but the Council is embarking on asking the community what their views are on the matter.

Really? So, the ratepayers who not only pay for all the process related costs are now expected to pay for a PR initiative that gauges their views on a done deal?

If I heard this correctly, this is dark comedy material.


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