Move to non­pub­lic re­jected

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Some South Waikato District Coun­cil­lors did not want the pub­lic to hear what they had to say when they made a de­ci­sion on the Clean Air Bylaw last week.

The de­ci­sion to move de­lib­er­a­tions into a non­pub­lic sec­tion was cham­pi­oned by deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock who did not like be­ing quoted word for word. "For rea­sons why I guess I would like the dis­cus­sion in non-pub­lic [is] only be­cause we tend to get quoted ver­ba­tim in the pa­per and some­times it is not par­tic­u­larly read well and it doesn’t sound well and the in­tent is lost. I have no prob­lem with what we talk about be­ing in the pub­lic but just what is re­ported doesn’t ac­tu­ally rep­re­sent what we mean or say."

Cr Alan Blair, sup­ported Cr Shat­tock. Cr Blair felt he wasn’t quoted ver­ba­tim and was once mis­quoted.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair re­jected the mo­tion.

Cr Shat­tock was ab­sent when coun­cil­lors made a de­ci­sion on the bylaw.

The Lo­cal Government Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion and Meet­ings Act 1987 sets out the only grounds on which a Coun­cil may ex­clude the pub­lic and me­dia from be­ing present at a meet­ing. A con­cern in re­la­tion to how coun­cil­lors are re­ported is not one of those grounds.

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