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The issue of the week has undoubtedly been Shelly Bay, and despite attempts to start some other discussions – earthquake premiums spring to mind – it has dominated the stage.

The biggest winner of the week is Andy Foster who has managed to keep commenting on Shelly Bay in his style when the Council had tried to shut the conversation down emanating from Councillors.

He continued to lay out his personal views, provide background and facts (that have been in short supply), and talk about possible ways forward. Iona Pannett came a reasonable second again, not bowing to pressure to keep quiet, and again suggesting some ways forward.

Peter Jackson started the week and by the weekend a lot of people and groups were flocking to support him, including Mau Whenua.

By far and away the biggest losers of the week have been the Eastern Suburbs Councillors who have virtually vanished over the Shelly Bay saga, except for Chris Calvi-Freeman who seems confused by it all.

In this Twitter chain, he asserts that the Council is going to “publish all the facts shortly”, but that has not eventuated. He asserts that the Council has “had no role in land sale,” then reasserts that the facts are going to be released. He finishes with:

I don’t believe there’s any terms of reference yet for the review, which is completely separate from the commissioners’ resource consent task. Until I’ve seen the outcome of both processes I can’t determine my position on Shelly Bay. Anything more at this point w’be conjecture.

It’s a bit messy to be honest. The facts are coming, they are still coming, we had nothing to do with it, and then an obvious dodge on his position on all this. It’s not a great look.

But let’s not forget Simon Marsh and Sarah Free who are completely absent. At least Chris has been attempting to engage, let’s give him that.

Sarah and Simon are nowhere to be seen. Clearly, they are hiding in the nearest Hobbit Hole waiting for the great (media) Eye of Sauron to pass over them and find someone else to focus on.

So, a poor showing from our Eastern Ward Councillors this week. Given they are our elected representatives, we should expect better, and it leaves them slightly more vulnerable as the elections loom.

Some of Justin Lester’s Mayoral shine got buffed off this week in the fracas. Not overly damaging but it felt as if he reacted rather than responded to the information that was coming out and a little bit of glass jaw was perhaps being demonstrated.

He felt like a man without a plan, and as the week rolled on, he started to………….

Continue reading this article at the original source from Scoop Wellington





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