Veronica Harrod says Ex Horowhenua mayor Brendan Duffy may be sacked as deputy chair of MidCentral District Health Board after this year’s local elections.
Appointed by National
Mr Duffy was appointed by former National health minister Jonathan Coleman after Mr Duffy’s lost the Mayoral election to Michael Feyen at the last local body elections.
The health board is made up of 11 members, seven elected reps and four appointed by the Health Minister ( now Labour’s) David Clarke.
When asked to respond to a recent news announcement that he was expected to stand as a candidate for the Health Board in this year’s local election Mr Duffy said, “It has never been my intention to stand for the health board.”
When asked whether he thought he would still be the deputy chair after Mr Clarke makes his appointments to the health board he said it will be ‘up to the Minister to decide who should fill the roles for the next term.’
In response to whether Mr Duffy had been pressured not to stand in the local body elections for a seat on the health board a spokesperson for the Health Minister David Clarke said, “No.”
Mr Duffy may not have endeared himself to the current health minister when he told Stuff in March that health boards were under ;enormous pressures’ from the Government after the health board posted a $13.3 million deficit.
National heaped honours on Duffy
The former National led Government not only appointed Mr Duffy deputy chair of the health board but also appointed him to be a temporary member of the Local Government Commission — and awarded him a New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to local government.
In June 2018 he was appointed a full member of the Local Government Commission chaired by Wira Gardiner.
After receiving an ONZM Mr Duffy ranked his role establishing Lake Horowhenua Accord as his most significant achievement.
Mr Duffy and the controversial Lake walkway
He made a personal submission to Manawatu Wanganui Regional Council during the 2017-2018 Annual Plan process asking for $20,000 to advance a controversial walk and cycleway around Lake Horowhenua – which was denied.
The legitimacy of constructing a walkway/cycleway on privately owned Maori land around Lake Horowhenua is one of several construction projects being challenged in the Maori Land Court.
Mr Duffy is also director of the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO), a Justice of the Peace (JP) and trustee of Electra Trust.
He was also Local Government New Zealand vice president for three years while he was mayor.
In April 2017 it was announced Mr Duffy had sold his manufacturing company Canvasland which he had owned for 30 years with his wife Sheryl.