Stopping the double dippers

March 4th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

MP is labelling a Shore politician’s claims she is trying to remove him from office as “ridiculous”.

But Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member says it’s no conspiracy theory.

Ms Barry, National MP for North Shore, had her bill to stop people serving on two or more Auckland local boards drawn from the member’s bill ballot.

Very sensible. You can’t be the MP for Wellington Central and say the MP for Mana. Your job is to represent one locality.

Among the few politicians this would affect is Mr Gillon who serves on both Devonport-Takapuna and Kaipatiki local boards.

Mr Gillon believes it’s motivated by his support for stopping housing at Bayswater Marina and opposition to closing Takapuna Beach Holiday Park to make way for a national sailing centre.

“There can be no other reason why the local MP considers removing me from office as the most important issue for the North Shore in an election year.”

He says the bill is poorly drafted and will force at least six costly by-elections across Auckland.

There is an SOP with the bill to clarify it is not retrospective. There will be no by-elections. The issue is whether politicians such as Gillon should be allowed to serve on two or more local boards concurrently.

Ms Barry says double dipping opens up the “real potential for conflicts of interest”.

“This has allowed local board power to be concentrated in the hands of a few people, many of whom don’t even live in the area they represent.”

The idea of local boards is that they are, well local.

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20 Responses to “Stopping the double dippers”

  1. All_on_Red (1,359 comments) says:

    Gillon is useless. All he can do is spend other peoples money on useless trophy projects.

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  2. Zebulon (67 comments) says:

    Sounds like a good idea.

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  3. redqueen (456 comments) says:

    How is barring politicians from two offices an attempt to bar him ‘from office’? He could remain a Takapuna-Devonport member or a Kaipatiki member. Trougher.

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,176 comments) says:

    Terrible idea – more restrictions – if people don’t like “double dippers” don’t vote for them.

    I realise this is a small cut to freedom but all this shit adds up.

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  5. Grizz (500 comments) says:

    I think to be more succinct, bar someone from standing for 2 local boards. The problem here is to consider if you can run for council and the local board at the same time. My thought here is that if you can run for both, then the local board and the region you are running for council in should be linked.

    Yes being a member of 2 local boards and living in another is taking the piss.

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  6. Tautaioleua (282 comments) says:

    I seem to recall Tracy Martin serving on a local board as a parliamentarian.

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  7. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    Matt Dillon, the former Alliance parasite and good friend of tax-cheat McCarten.

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  8. wiseowl (762 comments) says:

    Pity M Barry didn’t put up a private members bill to remove the racist statutory authority from the Auckland Council.

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  9. labrator (1,750 comments) says:

    Have there been complaints about Grant Gillon’s performance on either board? Considering the two boards abut each other [1],[2] I’m not sure what the big deal is. It’s not hard to be local to both of these areas.

    It would seem a better option would be to have “employment” contracts which stipulated if alternate employment was permissible.

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  10. All_on_Red (1,359 comments) says:

    Have there been complaints about Grant Gillon’s performance on either board?

    Yep, from me at the top. I live in the fair Republic of Devonport. Manolo is right. Gillon is an ex Union trougher who has little experience outside of that. Why on earth do we elect these people- yeah I know, because no one decent will run.

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  11. All_on_Red (1,359 comments) says:

    Next Election, I must print some stickers with ” double dipping trougher” written on them just for his posters- lol

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  12. Nostradamus (2,943 comments) says:

    I make two observations:

    - Grant Gillon apparently wants to make this issue about him. Good idea. Now is he motivated by a sense of public service or entitlement? Let’s see, he presumably wants to be paid for both board roles, so let’s go with entitlement.

    - I remember his daughter was also politically active:

    Paula Gillon has many years of experience of working for our local community, supporting young people and community groups as a previous North Shore City Councillor, Birkenhead Northcote Community Board Member and Glenfield Community Board Member.

    Paula has experience and the passion required for the local community needed to be a member of the Birkenhead Licensing Trust.

    “I have seen first-hand the energy, dedication and amazing results from our local community groups and organisations. I also understand the funding difficulties that they can face. With my knowledge and experience I can help them to achieve the best results for our community.”

    Paula has over the years been involved in a number of residents’, environmental and youth groups in the area. Paula is currently a secondary school English teacher, living in Beach Haven.

    Yes, the sense of public service entitlement seems to run in the Gillon family!

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  13. Michael (896 comments) says:

    I’m not sure why anyone would want to serve on one board in a Super City model, let alone two.

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  14. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Michael (865 comments) says:
    March 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    I’m not sure why anyone would want to serve on one board in a Super City model, let alone two.

    I will assume that was the driest most sarcastic comment on here for ages Michael.

    Gillion is a trougher has been all his life, this guy is dragging two lots of fees ,for every meeting he attends he gets mileage, he gets fees if he is a chair,. the left do this alot. Our good friend Micky stands for multiples everytime as well

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  15. thedavincimode (6,532 comments) says:

    Good to see Maggie drawing on prior work experience to re-pot this prick.

    FFS, what is it with these troughing fucking pricks. Completely unable to get gainful employment. Dunghaven – mayor – Laws – mayor, Chadwick – mayor, Kirton – regional councillor. Every deadbeat hack pollie’s first response to leaving parliament is to line up at the local body trough. A collective of completely useless worthless bludging leeches.

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  16. labrator (1,750 comments) says:

    It’s always interesting when the consensus here becomes “more laws, more rules, more nannystate” when the exact opposite is decried on every other thread.

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  17. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    It’s always interesting when the consensus here becomes “more laws, more rules, more nannystate” when the exact opposite is decried on every other thread.

    There’s always exceptions when Tories make the rules, then it’s OK for more nannystate. When Labour does it, the world will be about to end. :)

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  18. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    Why wasn’t this kind of thing banned when the Super City was set up?

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  19. NK (1,068 comments) says:

    Gillion is a trougher has been all his life, this guy is dragging two lots of fees ,for every meeting he attends he gets mileage, he gets fees if he is a chair,. the left do this alot. Our good friend Micky stands for multiples everytime as well

    I’d rather not be sticking up for Grant Gillon – we’ve had our fair share of battles over the years. But he doesn’t get meeting fees; he didn’t claim mileage last term as far as I’m aware; he does get paid more if he’s chair, but he’s not chair.

    But he’s always one for hyperbole, and falsities. This article is a good example of that. Just about everything he says here is rubbish. That’s just him. It makes for tedious local board politics that’s for sure, which is one reason why most people can’t be bothered with it.

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  20. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    I hope this becomes law.

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