Memo: Annette Main... Get over it! - 15/10/2007Re-elected Horizons councillor Annette Main has been given a public telling off by Wanganui Mayor Elect Michael Laws today, after public comments made during the election campaign and then again, after the election results were made public.
"I have a simple message for Ms Main. It'’s called democracy: get over it."
Mayor Laws said that the regional councillor had "grossly misrepresented the opposition of Wanganui's council to Horizons' rate increases and 'One Plan' as emanating solely from myself".
"Far from it. The council's submissions were unanimous – the verdict of all 13 council reps – Vision and non-Vision – sitting around the council table.
"For Ms Main to now say she won't work with newly elected regional councillor Bob Walker – because he shares this council's concerns – is just petty and childish. Horizons needs to rein Ms Main in if it is to have a constructive relationship with our council."
Mayor Laws noted that the next polling Horizons candidate was Stephen Anstis – who was similarly opposed to Horizons' 39% rate increases and the draft One Plan.
"If Ms Main can't work with our council, and can't work with Bob Walker in representing Wanganui's interests at Horizons, then she has to seriously think about her own effectiveness over this next three years.
"This is democracy: you are required and paid to work with the result that the people of Wanganui decree. It is a fantastic system, and it is not good enough to start moaning because the result does not suit you. That is selfish arrogance at its worst."