It is all on again in Howick, Michael Williams is refusing to step aside while he faces drink driving charges. The move comes after his attempted putsch against Adele White failed after a large public gathering openly mocked his attempt.
AN ATTEMPT to have Michael Williams take a leave of absence as Howick Local Board chairman while he awaits a court appearance for drink-driving will be made tonight.
Elected member Lucy Schwaner intends to bring up the issue in extraordinary business at the board’s monthly meeting.
“I’ll try and get board support to encourage Michael to take leave of absence,” she says. “Michael has said he remains in the chair at the pleasure of the board. He’s not willing to make a decision either way, so we have to pursue other means.”
Apart from deputy-chair Adele White, who Mr Williams attempted to oust last month, and Ms White’s other supporter David Collings, Ms Schwaner says there has been no mention to her of the drink-driving charge by any of the other members. “It’s as if it doesn’t exist.”
Mr Williams is due to appear at a defended hearing in the Manukau District Court on March 1, charged with drink-driving and refusing to accompany a police officer.
The court action stems from an incident last May. Mr Williams allegedly recorded a reading of 169 millilitres of alcohol per litre of blood, more than twice the legal limit. He says he’s been advised by his lawyer not to comment.
Ms Schwaner says the board is being brought into disrepute by Mr Williams’ personal problems.
Ruth Dyson stood down as a minister when charged, Michael Williams is not only charged, he is now facing a defended hearing. Quite how you can defend a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit is beyond me.