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Judging from a public statement issued by Mr. A. H. Giles, chairman of the Waiheke Island Committee, it must be obvious to the people resident on the island that the committee has hopelessly failed to properly represent them, or their direct interest in connection with thj all-

important question of "Waiheke local control." Mr. J. W. Heenan, Undersecretary, Internal Affairs Department, did not at any time express a wish to meet the committee to further discuss the Government's proposals after members- had consulted their respective districts. The true facts are these: At the meeting held on April 21, Mr. Heenan outlined the proposals and concluded by asking the meeting to elect a representative committee to continue discussions with his Department. The committee was either to agree, or to formulate counter-proposals. Each member of the committee received from Mr. Heenan an official copy of the proceedings, and therefore could have no excuse for any misunderstanding. It is known that the committee (with the exception of the Surfdale members) turned down the proposals right from the start, without giving them any consideration whatever, or allowing the people concerned any chance of doing so. Yet they now intimate their intention of submitting counter-proposals. It is only reasonable to expect that before anything further is done, Ave should have due regard paid to our rights by beinallowed to consider together the proposals from all angles after the committee has met Mr. Heenan for the first consideration, as requested. Oneroa. FRED POLLEY.

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WAIHEKE LOCAL CONTROL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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WAIHEKE LOCAL CONTROL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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