Everything That Applied To Samantha, Now Applies To Mr Ion

Please notice the neck tie.

It’s not Versace or Pierre Cardin. No No.

It’s from the freezing works at Ngāruawāhia, the ultimate symbol of woke.

Good afternoon

I am responding to you following receipt of some concerning communications that relate to the cancellation of an event in one of our community facilities in Horsham Downs.

Firstly, I would like to establish that the individual who has been targeted and identified through these communications, Samantha Baker, acted only in good faith in her role as Community Venues and Events Team Leader and as a representative of Council – on my instruction as Chief Executive. I do not expect any of my people to have to defend themselves against criticism and abuse in simply conducting Council’s business and carrying out their tasks as an employee and we take a zero-tolerance approach to aggression towards Council staff.

The decision to cancel the booking was not made by Samantha and the risk assessment to consider the risk posed to Council was conducted by other members of staff who are responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our people and the public.

Council maintains the right of refusal to events on any of our Council facilities if our health and safety risk assessment support this to be the right approach. In this case it was deemed a risk for Council to allow this event to take place and as the Chief Executive I stand behind this decision.

The commentary you are sharing is highly defamatory and unjustified and I ask that you immediately remove any reference to this event or Samantha from your blog site or any other online platform and desist from communicating on this matter any further with any of my staff here at Waikato District Council. Should communications of this tenor continue Council will consider its options in that regard.

I trust that I have made myself clear on this matter and that this email serves as an to end to our dealings.

Gavin Ion
Chief Executive
Waikato District Council
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Waikato Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion