Lucy Schwaner

A few good results in Auckland

Although Auckland re-elected Len Brown he can hardly claim a mandate, indeed no one really can given the appallingly low turnout.

Len Brown gained 148944 votes. That is less than ten percent of Auckland’s population. The turn out was just 34.33% or 341611 votes. 995080 were eligible to vote.

Len Brown has won on 14.9% of the possible vote. He can hardly claim a mandate. His best statistic he can claim is that he won 43% of those who voted…no mandate there either.

There are some more interesting council results though.

Governing Body Results

Local Board results

Veteran trougher, Richard Northey, despite skiting to those attending a recent concert that he had the race in the bag has been unseated by Denise Krum. Well done to Denise. Northey has been supping from the public trough since Adam was in nappies. Good riddance.

Ann Hartley, another of Len Brown’s flunkies has be unseated in North Shore. The North Shore returned George Wood and Chris Darby. I’m glad Joseph Bergin didn’t get elected despite him being a young Nat…he is wetter and more left than Nikki Kaye, so Auckland dodged that bullet. Chris Darby will be interesting to watch though, because he is slightly loopy, a planner, and a fair weather right-winger…I expect Len Brown will attempt to buy him off with a chair position of some sort.

In the local board races I was very pleased to see Michael Williams unseated. His little team of nasties has been destroyed with only Jim Donald and Steve Udys being returned. Bullying people and getting drink driving convictions doesn’t really help your election chances. There is now a clear majority on the local board of like minded people who can work together instead of against each other. I was very pleased to see a good friend in Katrina Bungard get elected to the local board in the Pakuranga subdivison. Michael Williams supporters Wayne Huang and the bewildered Shirley Warren were destroyed. The shame in that ward is Simon Williamson missed out despite a fair bit of hard work. Never-mind, Steve Udys is on borrowed time.  Read more »

Sexism and misogyny alive and well in Howick

Check out this letter to the local paper from David Stevenson of Howick.

Like others I have been intrigued as to the identity of the person behind the apparent pseudonym A Schuyt Best hailing from Pakuranga. Until recently I suspected it was a particular concerned and very pro-active citizen who is now deceased.

But, the Friday issue of the Eastern Courier has a letter from that same person. It has excellent content. Its only failing is that it does not mention that in addition to moonlighting from what should be a demanding all-consuming day-time job a certain sitting candidate became a mother recently.

How is this humanly possible? In difficult times of people being under enormous pressure in their jobs where their employers are expecting more and more hours out of their staff for the same salary my puzzlement is surely understandable.

That was an excellent letter posing questions that every voter at the next local body elections should be asking.

It would be very interesting to view ” timesheets” for the hard yards, in addition to domestic chores and holding down two jobs, put in by candidates standing for re-election – bearing in mind there are only 24 hours in a day.

What does this say about the demands local body representatives actually face in doing real justice to their elected positions?  Read more »

Move to push Caesar Williams aside

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.

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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.”  Read more »

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, Caesar got rinsed

Last night was a delight to behold politically, deep in Pakuranga. I haven’t enjoyed a political meeting like that in quite sometime.

A tin pot dictator got rinsed. It took three hours but the momentum through the night built and built and built and still the dictator tried it on…only in the face of certain defeat did he through in the towel and move to remove the motion from the paper…a gutless cowardly end to a night of even more gutlessness and cowardice from Michael Williams and his band of dupes.

In the end Caesar was in fact stabbed by Brutus, as I predicted.

The evening started by a move of venue. The original venue was too small and was inundated by 5:30pm. Eventually around 200 people showed up to witness a good old-fashioned political shellacking.  Read more »

Congratulations Jami-lee and Lucy

Jami-lee Ross and his wife Lucy have had a little boy this morning.

Henry Schwaner Ross was born at 9.24am this morning. 8lb 5oz and healthy. Lucy doing very well.

Congratulations.