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Wednesday
Aug072019

Good News At Last on Nominations

Barrister Gary Gotlieb is  a top flight Barrister with a widespread reputation in many areas of the law. He has nominated for the South Eastern Ward, and will no doubt find himself up against the perennial, pontificating Jan Bartley who seems to have been on Council forever and a day. Shouldn't be much competition I would have thought.

Gary has lived between his home in Herne Bay, and a holiday home in Whagamata for over 50 years, and would bring long absent skills to the table. Both staff and other councillors will need to 'up their game' if they are to compete with Gary on detail, governance and accountability issues - all of which have been lacking for a very long time.

Gary has recently led the fight to oppose the attempt by staff to restrict public access to reserves - i.e. Williamson Park. This experience inspired him to stand and combat what he considers to be poor goverancse, and staff manipulation of elected representatives.

He is formerly President of the NZ Criminal Bar Association, District Law Society, Board member of the NZ Law Society, Triathlon NZ, Masters Swimming, and he is a qualified Whangamata surf lifeguard.

Gary has indicated that he is willing to make whatever time is needed to fulfill his responsibilities as  councillor. I for one look forward to being to observe his input, and I hope that his nomination inspires others to put their names forward during the last week before nominations close.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Two points on this:
1. I'm assuming that the "deed of gift" for Williamson Park was finally found, or they came up with irrefutable proof that Williamson Park was gifted, Proof of gift beyond hearsay has never been produced before. As a comparison, Lyon Park in Whitianga as a deed of gift.
2. The commercial cafe operating on Williamson Park remains, with an element of exclusive use of a recreation reserve. This may or may not be compliant with Section 54 of Reserves Act.

August 12, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhigh and dry

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