Cap­i­tal foils su­percity talks, says Dou­glas

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

Celia Wade-Brown has been an em­bar­rass­ment dur­ing su­percity talks, claims Porirua City coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas.

But the Welling­ton mayor says her op­po­si­tion to a su­percity gov­er­nance struc­ture has been con­sis­tent.

Ms Wade-Brown all but de­railed this sum­mer’s su­percity work­ing party, Mr Dou­glas said at a Porirua City Coun­cil meet­ing on March 13..

‘‘The mayor is dys­func­tional. I tell you, she’s some­thing to be mar­velled at.

‘‘It is a to­tal em­bar­rass­ment to me to work in a party where she con­tin­u­ally changes her mind and throws up other op­tions.’’

Since Jan­uary Mr Dou­glas has been chair­man of an amal­ga­ma­tion work­ing party com­pris­ing may­ors and coun­cil­lors from Wel- ling­ton, Porirua, Kapiti and Greater Welling­ton coun­cils.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil at first re­fused to en­gage in the work­ing party, but since join­ing, Ms WadeBrown has only frus­trated the group’s progress, Mr Dou­glas said.

‘‘As soon as she sat down she threw sand and saw­dust all over the process.’’

The mayor fur­ther en­raged work­ing party mem­bers by crit­i­cis­ing its find­ings the day they were re­leased, on March 8. .

Ms Wade-Brown has de­fended her stance on a po­ten­tial su­percity.

‘‘I’m on the record and have been clear and con­sis­tent about my reser­va­tions re­gard­ing a su­percity model from Mi­ra­mar to Master­ton or Owhiro Bay to Otaki.

‘‘I’ve al­ways said that the peo­ple of the re­gion must have the fi­nal say on the form of lo­cal government.’’

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