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 boardâ€™s monthly meeting.
â€śIâ€™ll try and get board support to encourage Michael to take leave of absence,â€ť she says. â€śMichael has said he remains in the chair at the pleasure of the board. Heâ€™s not willing to make a decision either way, so we have to pursue other means.â€ť
Apart from deputy-chair Adele White, who Mr Williams attempted to oust last month, and Ms Whiteâ€™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. â€śItâ€™s as if it doesnâ€™t exist.â€ťÂ
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 heâ€™s been advised by his lawyer not to comment.
Ms Schwaner says the board is being brought into disrepute by Mr Williamsâ€™ 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.