Rob Rangi and Faafoi Seiuli were the two worst performing Porirua City councillors, while several ‘ rookies’ shone in our mid-term report cards.
Kapi-mana News asked an independent panel of 10 community members to rate the performance of the 13 councillors and mayor Nick Leggett across five key attributes.
The mayor received a ringing endorsement for his first half-term in office, topping all categories and ranking highest overall. First term western ward candidate ’Ana Coffey was second, and Tim Sheppard, Euon Murrell, Denys Latham, Anita Baker and Bronwyn Kropp were all deemed ‘very good’ in the majority of categories.
As a whole, the council scored better than in our 2010 assessment, but Mr Rangi and Mr Seiuli were deemed to be missing in action.
Mr Rangi ranked worst in work ethic and responsiveness and was judged the most reactive councillor. He was scored worst equal with Mr Seiuli in accessibility. Mr Seiuli scored the lowest for accessibility and overall. The panel thought he was not visible enough, one believing he was ‘‘playing safe, parking up on council’’.
Mr Seiuli told Kapi-mana News he is still ‘‘trying to get my head around all these new things’’ and trying to attend as many community events as his fulltime job would allow, and participate at council meetings.
‘‘I do a lot of things outside council but I probably don’t wave a flag as much as others at things I go to, they can have the limelight. I might not say enough at the council table but I want to make sure I understand first, for me it’s about learning a lot from people like Ken and saying more behind the scenes.’’
Mr Rangi was described as ‘‘ doing the bare minimum’’ at meetings and in the community.