Dargaville & Districts
Frustrated businessman Andrew Wade has resigned from the Kaipara District Council.
It's been a rocky ride for the first-term Dargaville representative and he says it seems pointless to press on if his opinions go unheard.
"I have tried extremely hard to continue. However, for some time I have found that in the current environment my thoughts and opinions are not wanted.
I have become a lone voice, without support and, as a result, ineffectual."
He thought that his 22 years of business experience and local knowledge meant he had a lot to offer the role of councillor.
"However, it is with regret that I must now apologise to those who elected me and advise that last Friday I tendered my resignation."
Mayor Neil Tiller says he understands Mr Wade's frustrations.
"It was not until I became familiar with local government that I found traction. It can feel very intimidating."
He says the nature of democracy means a voice will only make change if it's from a majority.
"This council is made up of nine elected members who all have the same right to exercise their views and persuade members to support their ideas. Sometimes you are successful and sometimes you aren't."
Mr Wade says he welcomes the audit review and hopes the outcome will be a clear direction for Kaipara.
He says he is keen to be active in the community, including on "any initiative which has a focus on resolving historic problems, building a strong community and minimising the financial burden on ratepayers."
Mr Wade's resignation means that a by-election will be held in the Dargaville ward.
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