According to numerous sources, some of MDA’s National Office staff have taken their issues with Chris Higgins and National Council to the Ministry.
Two MDA staff members are unhappy with decisions made by MDA head Chris Higgins in the fallout of the AGM and prior, plus are reportedly frustrated with the lack of membership-focused approach by National Council.
As a result, both staff members have consulted with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment over the matter.
Mediation sessions are set to take place sometime within the next few weeks.
Another source has contacted The Real Michael Pulman and said that the MDA will not be not be able to financially sustain itself if the current revenue loss and over-expenditure system remains in place.
According to the source, the financial future for the organisation is under high risk, much higher than the MDA have admitted to.
Questions have already been asked about Chris Higgins and his tenure as CEO of the MDA, but some serious questions also need to be asked of Heather Browning, the new chairperson and long time member of the National Council who has been tasked with the job of driving the organisation into the future.
Browning says that the membership has her full commitment to meet the many challenges the organisation faces moving forward.
This, to many, is untrue.
In the recently released issue of the In Touch magazine, Browning made two false statements, including claims that the organisation has gained enormous respect.
Browning says in her letter that the MDA is the leading advocate for people living with neuromuscular conditions.
So what about the other disability organisations around New Zealand that do far more than the MDA?
This is proved in the numbers, and the general opinion of the disabled population. The MDA has never been the leading advocate, it is barely even known to some people living with a disability.
Browning doesn’t have the right or the truth on her side to make such false claims about the standing of the MDA in the sector.