One-of-a-kind Craig Bauld could charm and repel in equal measure

EDITORIAL

Saturday’s Gisborne Herald officially marked the end of a spell in local government by Craig Bauld, the man who, as Bauldie, has charmed or alienated similar numbers of voters during his 21 years on Gisborne District Council.

Craig Bauld was already well known in the community through his role as principal at Waikohu College where his determination to speak his mind marked him as something different from the traditional image of the “head”.

But he really made his mark with his regular columns on mercantile cricket at a time when that form of recreation was at its peak with every available pitch and the Harry Barker Reserve clubrooms packed by a motley band of individuals with a huge range of ability.

The highlight was the nightly awards, if they could be called that, with the “winner” being thrown a pint handle. There was great delight when occasionally one failed to catch his prize.

Originally asked to write a column telling people what was “on in council” in the forthcoming week Bauldie, as usual, quickly extended his brief to comment on everything from social issues to whatever came into his mind.

He seemed to offend a whole range of people, including many of our regular correspondents. Some of them failed to realise there was a strong element of satire in his columns and he was egging them on.

Bauldie’s assumed jolly-joker personality tended to hide the fact that he was really a serious councillor with a good grasp of the issues.

He tended to take a cautiously conservative view of things with a strong eye on the financial implications of any decision but was always prepared to listen to new ideas.

The winds of change this year saw him not standing for council and defeated at the health board elections, a decision he was prepared to accept gracefully while expressing a desire to fade from the scene without undue fanfare. While not wanting to ignore those wishes it has to be said he was one of a kind and one that will probably not be seen again.

Saturday’s Gisborne Herald officially marked the end of a spell in local government by Craig Bauld, the man who, as Bauldie, has charmed or alienated similar numbers of voters during his 21 years on Gisborne District Council.

Craig Bauld was already well known in the community through his role as principal at Waikohu College where his determination to speak his mind marked him as something different from the traditional image of the “head”.

But he really made his mark with his regular columns on mercantile cricket at a time when that form of recreation was at its peak with every available pitch and the Harry Barker Reserve clubrooms packed by a motley band of individuals with a huge range of ability.

The highlight was the nightly awards, if they could be called that, with the “winner” being thrown a pint handle. There was great delight when occasionally one failed to catch his prize.

Originally asked to write a column telling people what was “on in council” in the forthcoming week Bauldie, as usual, quickly extended his brief to comment on everything from social issues to whatever came into his mind.

He seemed to offend a whole range of people, including many of our regular correspondents. Some of them failed to realise there was a strong element of satire in his columns and he was egging them on.

Bauldie’s assumed jolly-joker personality tended to hide the fact that he was really a serious councillor with a good grasp of the issues.

He tended to take a cautiously conservative view of things with a strong eye on the financial implications of any decision but was always prepared to listen to new ideas.

The winds of change this year saw him not standing for council and defeated at the health board elections, a decision he was prepared to accept gracefully while expressing a desire to fade from the scene without undue fanfare. While not wanting to ignore those wishes it has to be said he was one of a kind and one that will probably not be seen again.

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