Coun­cil­lor’s com­mit­ment ques­tioned

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Deputy mayor Liz Kelly is miss­ing in ac­tion ac­cord­ing to her coun­cil­lor col­league Anita Baker, hav­ing missed seven of eight coun­cil meet­ings and work­shops this year.

Her ab­sences are an in­sult to ratepay­ers who fund her $40,288 an­nual salary, Ms Baker says.

‘‘We have been ap­palled by the fact that Liz is still draw­ing her salary and has not at­tended the [meet­ings and work­shops] that have been in our coun­cil­lor cal­en­dars for 2013.’’

Ms Kelly has missed all five work­shops this year, one Te Komiti meet­ing and and ex­tra­or­di­nary full coun­cil meet­ing.

She has only been seen once by her fel­low coun­cil­lors, at a Te Komiti meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14, which she left early, Ms Baker says.

Her apolo­gies were not ac­cepted by coun­cil­lors at the coun­cil meet­ing, the missed Te Komiti meet­ing and a work­shop. Ms Kelly can be dis­missed from coun­cil if she misses four full coun­cil meet­ings with­out good cause.

‘‘As some­body who sup­ported Liz as deputy mayor, [I] would like to know does she still have the com­mit­ment to the job?

‘‘Liz does not ap­pear to be pulling her weight. I think that Liz owes the coun­cil and ratepay­ers an ex­pla­na­tion.’’

Ms Kelly has de­fended her at­ten­dance, say­ing coun­cil­lors do not need to at­tend work­shops.

‘‘We aren’t re­quired to go to work­shops and of course if I felt it was im­por­tant then I’d be there. It’s not a re­flec­tion of my role and com­mit­ment to the city.’’

First-term coun­cil­lors like Ms Baker have more need to at­tend work­shops, she says.

Her at­ten­dance over this tri­en­nium matches that of mayor Nick Leggett.

‘‘What I’m an­noyed about as well is that the at­ten­dance fig­ures clearly show that my at­ten­dance is 80 per cent, which is the same as our mayor, and the may­oral role is a full-time job. I have a full­time job.’’

In Novem­ber Mr Leggett de­fended coun­cil­lor Litea Ah Hoi’s 63 per cent at­ten­dance rate, say­ing she made her con­tri­bu­tion to coun­cil in other ways.

‘‘I would have thought the work that I’m do­ing around Creek­fest, par­tic­u­larly rais­ing aware­ness of the health and so­cial ser­vices in Porirua, would be recog­nised,’’ Ms Kelly says.

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