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Monday, March 1, 2010

carterton 'event centre/facility' white elephant

The widespread opposition to the proposed 'Carterton Events Centre' is well justified. We had a Community Centre in Carterton, and a Health Centre, and a Borough Farm. Gary McPhee and Georgina Beyer have divided and poisoned the community and closed, demolished and sold most of our most valuable community assets.

The Friends of the Carterton Community Centre is calling for a proper inquiry into the affairs of the Carterton District Council, particularly regarding the affairs of the former Carterton Community Centre, and a judicial review of the election on the grounds that there were several irregularities resulting in serious disadvantage and undemocratic practice, namely that the voters were sent the candidate profiles for the candidates for Central Otago, the electoral officers refused to publish one of my candidate profiles at all, the votes were counted in Christchurch by the same company who had demonstrated their incompetence by sending out the profiles for the candidates from Central Otago. It was wrong to count the votes in Christchurch, it disadvantaged me by preventing me having a scrutineer present at the counting of the votes.
Furthermore, after I submitted my declaration of expenses the electoral officers have refused to refund my nomination deposits, and falsely claimed to have not received the declaration of expenses after I wrote to ask what they delay was in returning my deposits.
It is no coincidence that the deputy returning officer was none other than Julie Hallam, who lied to NZ Post regarding who was on the committe of the Carterton Community Centre, shortly before joining her other associates from the Carterton District Council on the committee of the former Community Centre - an obvious conflict of interest as the Council was a major funder of the Centre. She was instrumental, along with others on the Council, in closing the Centre in order to conceal the fraud and mismanagement endemic under the administration of the group of people associated with the Council.
Several lawyers, and the petition, point to the need for a proper inquiry into the affairs of the Carterton District Council and the proposed ' Events Centre".
Nobody in their right mind would give the "trustees" of the "heart of Carterton" "trust" any money toward what they claim is a community facility because the group of people associated with the 'trust' would not know the meaning of the word community. My motto for the election was "vote for Kate and put the unity back in the community."
When I stood at the last election I used the time allocated to speak at the public meeting in Carterton to read out the report of the Office of the Auditor General on the Carterton District Council. I was the only one of the four candidates for the Mayoralty to mention this report, it took about eight minutes or so to read it out, and by the time I had finished, the audience was sitting in stunned silence as I pointed out that what they had just heard was not my opinion of the gross incompetence of the Carterton District Council, but the opinion of the Office of the Auditor General, but that although I have a good imagination, if I sat down and thought really hard I couldn't think up anything worse, because there quite simply wasn't anything worse that could be said. The report was utterly damning in every possible way.
Parts of it can be read towards the end of the post containing the submission to the Police Complaints Authority from Michael Appleby on this blog.
Now Environment Minister Nick Smith is talking about appointing a Commissioner to run the affairs of the Carterton District Council because of their continuing poor performance regarding compliance issues. The sooner the better for the people of Carterton.
The reason for the high rates of suicide, violence and crime in general in the Wairarapa are a result of the poor role models - recidivist violent offender Gary McGoofy and George-ina Beyer and the local police. Their claims that it will take 20 years or more to acheive any real results from their Rise Above It campaigns is right because these dubiously appointed community leaders, and others such as Tere Torea, Garth Gadsby, Councillor Boof Lyford, the members of the Martinborough 'community' vigilante group, and the young son of the local policeman who is accused of murdering Paul Irons in circumstances of extreme cruelty and degradation.

When we learn to elect people who are fit to lead, who know what to do and how to do it, we will acheive much more, and fulfill our potential.

One of the four mayoral candidates made a big deal of knowing the difference between governance and management, but failed to understand that history has taught us that good governance includes understanding and overseeing management. Kieran Shaw, CEO of the Carterton District Council at the time of the fraud at the Community Centre involving Council finds, committed by Council members, officers, employees and associates, quit giving virtually no notice right before the damning Audit Office report saying basically he couldn't be bothered with all the paperwork.

Join the call for a proper inquiry into the Carterton District COuncil and the involvement of persons associated with the Council in the affairs of the Carterton Community Centre/Events Centre/Facility Focus Group, etc, so the town can finally move on!
PS: The spell checker doesn't work on this site, and life is short.

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