Where was the mandate?

LETTER

The argument over the renaming of Poverty Bay has become overheated and divisive. And it is getting us nowhere. This has come about because Gisborne District Council is guilty of stoking anger by assuming they had the right to vote among themselves before sending a request to the NZ Geographic for rubber-stamping.

Where was their mandate for this? I don’t recall the topic being discussed by any candidate during the council election.Their action was an error of judgement unworthy of a local body in a democratic country. Better to have conducted a proper district-wide referendum first and asked the people if they wanted a name change. That at least would have been a legitimate starting point.

As I am a non-New Zealander, the outcome of the name debate does not concern me, but I do feel strongly that proper processes should be followed.

John Darkin

Gisborne

The argument over the renaming of Poverty Bay has become overheated and divisive. And it is getting us nowhere. This has come about because Gisborne District Council is guilty of stoking anger by assuming they had the right to vote among themselves before sending a request to the NZ Geographic for rubber-stamping.

Where was their mandate for this? I don’t recall the topic being discussed by any candidate during the council election.Their action was an error of judgement unworthy of a local body in a democratic country. Better to have conducted a proper district-wide referendum first and asked the people if they wanted a name change. That at least would have been a legitimate starting point.

As I am a non-New Zealander, the outcome of the name debate does not concern me, but I do feel strongly that proper processes should be followed.

John Darkin

Gisborne

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gizzy born - 9 months ago
Totally agree with everything you just said John - the whole way this was managed stinks. We seem to lack professionalism at GDC.

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