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SALE ON NOW Ph 09 271 4494 Te Irirangi Drive next to Mitre 10 Mega 121577 EVERYTHING ON SALE Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Vol 10, No 51 General 271 8000 Classi ed 271 8055 Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 Website www.times.co.nz Est. 2003 115542 GREAT GIVEAWAYS IN THE FINAL CHRISTMAS LIFT OUT INSIDE THIS ISSUE By Marianne Kelly HOWICK Local Board members will decide next month whether to sack deputy-chair Adele White. An extraordinary meeting of the board has been requested for Janu- ary 21, when its nine members will vote to retain or replace Ms White as deputy-chair. Ms White told the Times earlier this month she was shocked when board chairman Michael Williams asked her to resign from her board- elected position as he had another member in mind for the job. She refused, so Mr Williams is call- ing the special meeting in an attempt to remove her and elect a new dep- uty-chair. The request for the meet- ing was expected to arise during the board’s monthly meeting on Decem- ber 10. However, after it closed and news reporters departed, Mr Williams also left the building, but returned with his special meeting requisition letter for Auckland Council offcers to deliver to chief executive Doug McKay. The letter is signed by Mr Williams and his Citizens and Ratepayers (C&R) ticket colleagues Steve Udy, Wayne Huang and Shirley Warren, and Jim Donald (Team Howickian). In it, Mr Williams advocates for Mr Donald to take the deputy role, “based on his availability, depth of experience and his previous role as a community board chair”. Promotion to deputy-chair rep- resents a ratepayer-funded income boost of almost $20,000. Of all the Auckland Council’s local boards, Howick ward, with the big- gest population, gets the highest annual remuneration. Mr Williams is paid $79,968, Ms White as deputy receives $56,202, and board mem- bers get $37,842. The board is split, with Ms White (Independent) supported by Lucy Schwaner (C&R) and David Collings (Independent). John Spiller (C&R) has declined to make any comment on the issue of public interest, as has Mr Williams, Mrs Warren, Mr Udy, Mr Huang and Mr Donald. Mr Spiller has not signed the requisition letter. The push for Ms White’s removal as deputy-chair has also shaken up political affliations. Ms Schwaner says that she left the C&R team a few months ago, “because I no longer had any faith in our chairman”. “You would think we would have consensus, but the teamwork evapo- rated. There is no longer any consen- sus within the six members,” says Ms Schwaner. In the letter to board members and Mr McKay, Mr Williams says he had intended that Ms White would sup- port him in events and Maori affairs and Mr Huang in ethnic affairs. But Mr Williams says he and Ms White “are often diametrically opposed on the direction of these portfolios and this is standing in the way of delivering the board’s agreed outcomes”. Mr Williams writes: “Initially I believed that the need for assistance from the deputy would be primarily attending to civic duties. “Due to Adele’s limited availability during business hours and her cel- ebrant activities, we evolved early on a system of sharing civic duties amongst all board members. “I am grateful for Adele’s attend- ance at citizenship ceremonies.” Board to vote for deputy A class of students at Brookby School has donated more than $500 to Jesse Bessant, a little boy with an inoperable brain tumour. Centre is Jesse, his mum Michelle and Ann Lochore, who also held a fundraiser for the two-year-old. Times photo Wayne Martin GOOD DEEDS Classmates deliver joy for Jesse By Rebecca Gardiner MOST schoolchildren would jump at the chance of spending money on a new high-tech gizmo, especially when they earned it fair and square. But a kind-hearted class at Brookby School has instead decided to donate $508.30 -- the entire takings from a recent market day -- to a little boy in need. Jesse Bessant, who lives on the North Shore, is nearly three-years-old and has an inoperable brain tumour. His parents want to take him to the United States for potentially life-saving gene therapy, but they have to raise $100,000 to get there and start the treatment. Aclassofyear6,7and8pupilsat Brookby School decided to show its support for Jesse after hearing a talk by 12-year-old Caitlyn Lochore. Her older sister Mandy is friends with the Bessant family and her mum Ann Lochore recently held a fundraiser for Jesse at Little Cubs Home-based Care and Kindergarten in Bucklands Beach. "We have everything we need," says Caitlyn, who's in year 7. T ➤ urntopage5 T ➤ urntopage3 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY Times Newspapers wishes to thank you, its loyal readers and clients, for your support and interest in 2012 and we hope you all have a wonderful and loving Christmas and prosperous, happy New Year in 2013.
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