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