Awakening to the threat of another local election year, incumbent Councillors are bombarding HB Today and local radio with vital news of their contributions to the public good.
For example, Hastings District Councillor Mandy Kimber from Havelock North writes to HB Today that she’s against “menacing and dangerous” dogs. Courageous indeed!
Regional Councillor Christine Scott wants credit for bringing possum control to Napier Hill, and draws HB Today’s attention to her attendance at a “drought symposium” in California where she learned there was nothing to be learned. Not surprising, I’d say, after three terms of allocating the Bay’s water like there’s no tomorrow.
And in the ultimate puff piece, Regional Councillor Kevin Rose becomes a cub reporter for HB Today, writing of his governance experience as one of the Regional Council’s committee chairs. His lesson: good Councillors give staff plenty of “space” and — wouldn’t you know — we get better possum control as a result. Only a four-term Councillor could produce results like that!
HB Today will need to create a special “news” supplement to give incumbent Councillors adequate scope to self-congratulate their many accomplishments over the past years.
Indeed, insiders have informed BayBuzz of some of the Councillor newsmaker stories still working their way through HB Today’s editing process …
Another story from Councillor Kimber: “Today I’m announcing my unqualified support for sunshine and songbirds.”
From Regional Councillor Ewan McGregor: “I promise to plant a tree for every vote I get in 2010.”
From Regional Councillor Eileen von Dadelszen: “Though some have tried, no Councillor has raised more points of order than I have in the last fifteen years.”
Another from Councillor Rose: “I’m pleased to announce that because of my our good governance our stop banks are working.”
From Hastings Councillor Kevin Watkins: “Over my last three terms, I’ve … uh.”
And a photo opportunity proposed by Councillor McGregor: “To prove how unpolluted the Tukituki is, I will eat any trout from the river presented to me, diseased gills and all.”
Apparently these incumbent officeholders believe that, by going on the offensive in a compliant HB Today with stories of such accomplishment, vision and determination, they can deter new candidates from standing for election.
I think many incumbents will need a Plan B this year!