‘War­ren Flaunty Bill’ passes

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A ‘‘loop­hole’’ has been closed which al­lowed Auck­land politi­cians to serve on more than one lo­cal board.

But War­ren Flaunty, whose mul­ti­ple roles helped prompt the new law, says the change was not re­ally about whether or not he was up to the task.

‘‘I think there was an out­cry from peo­ple who were not elected who saw some­body else tak­ing two po­si­tions – and in my case it was three po­si­tions.’’

Flaunty is on the Hen­der­son­Massey and Rod­ney lo­cal boards as well as the Waitem­ata Dis- trict Health Board, but in the pre­vi­ous term he was on three lo­cal boards, the health board and a li­cens­ing trust.

The Rod­ney res­i­dent is one of five peo­ple cur­rently serv­ing on more than one lo­cal board, and is paid $78,900 for do­ing so.

Al­fred Ngaro’s mem­ber’s bill passed its third read­ing in Par­lia­ment on May 4 with cross­party sup­port and will af­fect those stand­ing in the up­com­ing elec­tions this Oc­to­ber.

Can­di­dates will be able to stand for more than one board but will rank their pref­er­ence and only be elected to one.

The Te Atatu list MP picked the bill up from Na­tional MP Mag­gie Barry orig­i­nally and said in Par­lia­ment it will al­low greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in Auck­land’s democ­racy.

‘‘The in­tent of this bill is around clos­ing a loop­hole.’’

Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford said the bill was in­spired by his own work.

‘‘I al­ways think of this bill as be­ing the War­ren Flaunty Bill,’’ Twyford said.

‘‘As wise and ef­fec­tive as Mr Flaunty is in serv­ing his com­mu­nity, many of us took the view, I think, that it was not re­ally pos­si­ble to do jus­tice to three dis­tinct ge­o­graph­i­cally con­tigu­ous lo­cal boards.’’

Flaunty says he has served in lo­cal body pol­i­tics for 35 years and ‘‘if you want some­thing done, you give it to a busy per­son’’.

‘‘Of course there is a lot of read­ing to do, but with ex­pe­ri­ence you get through that pretty well.’’

He says there are many com­mon is­sues and he has never had a con­flict of in­ter­est serv­ing on mul­ti­ple boards.

Flaunty says he will prob­a­bly stand for the Hen­der­son-Massey board and the dis­trict health board this elec­tion.

PHOTO: STEPHEN FORBES

Phar­ma­cist War­ren Flaunty’s mul­ti­ple lo­cal board roles helped prompt the new law.

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