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Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son has re­jected sug­ges­tions the coun­cil’s code of con­duct may have been breached by com­ments made on Face­book con­cern­ing Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion. Coun­cil­lors Euon Mur­rell, Litea Ah Hoi, deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey and mayor Nick Leggett were ac­cused by res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Brian War­bur­ton of mak­ing ‘‘vit­ri­olic, deroga­tory and defam­a­tory com­ments’’ about the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­bers. In his emailed re­sponse, Mr Simp­son said he was aware that Ms Cof­fey had been ejected from the as­so­ci­a­tion and was not sur­prised by the outcry it led to, ow­ing to her pop­u­lar­ity in the Bay. ‘‘In re­la­tion to the coun­cil’s code of con­duct, I have been through it, and there is noth­ing that should limit an elected mem­ber en­ter­ing into com­ment us­ing any chan­nel they choose.’’ He said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ef­fec­tive­ness had steadily di­min­ished in the past few years. ‘‘That is re­gret­ful, as ro­bust and ef­fec­tive as­so­ci­a­tions or sim­i­lar groups are es­sen­tial for mean­ing­ful di­a­logue be­tween the coun­cil and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’’

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