The last of the four Kapiti boards, this took place on Tuesday evening, attended by about 35 audience members who included Cr Sophie Handford, Cr Jackie Elliott, and Geoffrey, there to lobby for Margaret Stevenson-Wright of the Waikanae Community Board who is seeking to be a Community Board representative on Local Government NZ’s Zone 4 (which covers the Greater Wellington Regional Council area).
The first matter was naturally the appointment of the Chair, which was decided by majority vote (Grace Lindsay and Jonny Best abstaining) to be Kathy Spiers. The Deputy Chair was decided by lots — Guy Burns and Grace Lindsay each chose in a bowl held by Mark de Haast (the Management appointee to the board) a folded piece of paper, one with an X, the other blank. Guy Burns took the one with the X, the successful one (pictured above).
There were several public speakers who included Kevin Burrows of Grey Power, someone urging action to combat car hoons on Maungakotukutuku Road in the Akatawara Forest Park, and Alan Tristram of Restore our Book Budget (ROBB) who castigated those councilors who voted for a $197,000 cut for new library books in the last triennium and those new councilors who promised to restore it, but so far have done nothing (Bernie Randall being the notable exception). A key point he made was that library books are educational materials for students whose parents may be on low incomes.
The last speaker was Sylvia Hill who spoke about and presented copies for all of her Aroha Poster (pictured). A few half-jokingly suggested that a large version should be given to Mayor Guru — who was notably absent — for his office. It might not be well received, however.