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.