Capital foils supercity talks, says Douglas
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.’’