LIVE: Tauranga Council discuss ongoing conflicts
Tauranga City Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the report from the Department of Internal Affairs.
The DIA has requested the council provide assurance and evidence that it is taking proactive steps to “restore trust and confidence in its ability to meet the Crown’s expectations of a high-performing council”.
This follows ongoing conflicts between Tauranga City Mayor Tenby Powell and councillors.
The elected members will consider a report on governance issues and a recommended plan to address strained relationships which have been the focus of media and social media commentary.
The ongoing issues include, Powell censured for inappropriate language and comments made about councillors in an internal council meeting in March.
Council chief executive Marty Grenfell says the DIA has sought information so that it can advise the Minister of Local Government (Nanaia Mahuta) on action she may need to take pursuant to part 10 of the Local Government Act.
“The Minister has the power to assist or intervene in such situations. We believe that by initiating the appointment of a Review and Observer Team to monitor interactions and performance and report both to Council and DIA, the council can establish a path forward which can promote more constructive working relationships between councillors and between the mayor and councillors.” Read more here.
Elected members will vote on recommendations to either accept Crown observers to intervene or work together themselves to better their relationships.