Pie eating bully boy Michael Williams still at it

Pie gobbling bully boy Michael Williams would like to think he is the unofficial Mayor of Howick, but his bully boy tactics at trying to get his mate appointed to the role of deputy chair on the local board just smacks of kindergarten level politics.

Bombastic as ever, Michael Williams is refusing to buckle to public pressure and using bizarre excuses in his quest to have a deputy who doesn’t disagree with his every edict.

The Howick and Pakuranga Times is covering this debacle blow by blow.

ADELE White is standing firm in the face of efforts to sack her from the Howick Local Board deputy-chair position.

Board chairman Michael Williams has requested an extraordinary meeting of the board for next Monday, when elected members will be asked to vote to retain or depose her.

Ms White told the Times last month she was shocked when Mr Williams asked her to resign as deputy-chair, as he has another member in mind for the job.

She refused, so he’s called the special meeting in the attempt to remove her and elect a new deputy.

“My position has not changed,” says Ms White. “I’m still extremely shocked at this turn of events and refuse to be treated this way for exercising my democratic rights.

Michael Williams reasoning an explanations do not hold water. Lucy Schwaner calls him out:

“We live in a democracy, one where elected officials are expected to debate matters and contest each other’s ideas.

“Michael might struggle with Adele being a strong woman, who is capable of expressing herself. But that’s no reason to bully her out of the deputy-chair position.

“We were never elected to the Howick Local Board for the purpose of following Michael Williams at all times. A chairperson should welcome debate and contestability of ideas, not attempt to punish those that disagree.”

Michael Williams claims that Adele White can’t do her job because she is also a police officer…a bizarre claim since he too holds down a full time job:

Mr Williams writes because of Ms White’s limited availability in business hours – she’s a senior police constable and Counties Manukau East Police’s youth education officer, and a celebrant, a system evolved early on of sharing civic duties among board members.

He now wants the deputy to be available to meet with him and council staff during business hours and provide key support in the events, Maori affairs and ethnic affairs portfolios.

He also wants to expand the deputy role, including providing him (chairman) with advice on critical issues and an overview of projects, helping to make things happen and maintain good board communication and strategic relationship management and sharing in civic duties.

Ms Schwaner says Mr Williams’ attitude to members maintaining other employment is hypocritical, while he’s employed by a large firm.

“If Michael is genuinely concerned about the workload he’s carrying, I suggest he might want to look first at his own situation,” she says.

“While he chooses to target Adele for her long-standing role as a community constable, he has secondary employment in a senior private sector role.

There is plenty more to come on this. I think I will trundle along on Monday night to enjoy the bun fight.

Michael Williams though seems to be in need os some one to stand against him and hold him to account on a public platform, someone he can’t bully and push around. I might just do that this year.


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  • peterwn

    Presumably he thinks he has the numbers or he would not call a special meeting.

  • Lofty

    woohoo I smell a fight in the pig pen coming up.

  • In Vino Veritas

    Someone should ask Michael Williams how much work he did as a contractor (without deducting it from his invoices) at Asurequality between 2006 and 2007. I have been told it was fuck all since he spent most of his time working on political business. It might be possible that Treescape are suffering the same fate.

    • Someone will probably ask him what he will doing on the morning of 1 March and why he is keeping very quiet about it all.

  • Irony Central: The Chair’s motion to get rid of his Deputy Chair fails. Next – a motion to get rid of the Chair passes – ouch

    • peterwn

      Can’t do it without prior notice.

  • Chris

    She better watch out. Old Mikey will pop over to Oz and try digging up some dirt on her.

    • Bunswalla

      Er, I think that’s another Mike Williams…

  • How the F**k this that fat fucker get voted onto that board ?He had his name on every ballot going last local election ! Did his mate Paul Holmes campaign for him again ? As well as his exploits at the labour trough, he was sacked from teh ACC board and sacked by the stellar trust and howard league when his lies were found out about how much money he would or woudl raise !

  • Saccharomyces

    All I can say is Adele White came and visited us at school in the ’80s on road safety, and god knows how many other east-side kids remember her, so surely her PR capital is extensive. Many of whom will still live in the area and vote.

    Doesn’t look like a good idea for Mr Williams…

  • Stuart Dumphries

    Too many pies, or too much something else?

  • LesleyNZ

    Think it is time to have a vote for a new Chairman/Chairwoman/Chairperson (or whatever ) to run the Howick Local Board. Just unacceptable behaviour from a Chairman.

  • Guest

    with Belgium’s explosion in the muslim population won’t be long till the first martyr graduates

  • Hazards001

    Ahhh yes…the troughers…gotta love ’em!