By John Subritzky
The mid-term resignation of Susan Zhu from the deputy role of Whau Local Board (WLB) led to an election for a new deputy.
Independent Warren Piper was the first nomination, followed by Fasitua Amosa.
Warren has served in a governance role in the New Lynn Business Association (NLBA). On his election to the WLB he resigned his NLBA position to avoid any conflict of interest. The many events that Beacon has attended this term almost always have Warren at chair Kay Thomas’s side supporting her at community events.
Fasitua is active in the arts as an actor, and has had extensive film, TV and theatre roles.
The result of the election was a forgone conclusion with the Labour majority on the WLB electing one of their own, Fasitua. “I’m really excited to get going as Deputy Chair. I’ve enjoyed my time on the board so far and I’m really keen to help the board move forward”, he said.
Fasitua’s combative style with constituents in local Facebook groups, which he refers to as “shooting the breeze” may or may not become more statesman-like as deputy chair.