Tauranga City Council has adopted a range of recommendations proposed by a Review and Observer Team to address elected member behaviour and performance and assist in addressing the city’s underlying growth and development issues through the development of the 2021-31 Long-term Plan.
At an extraordinary Council meeting today, the team’s report was received and discussed, following a resolution earlier in the week that the report should lie on the table to give members an opportunity to provide feedback.
Actions adopted today included:
- Governance training for elected members
- A revised protocol for elected members to ask for information aligned with decision-making, outside of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act process
- Establishing a more-effective and better-resourced Office of the Mayor (passed on the Mayor’s casting vote)
- A shift away from detailed briefing sessions and an increased focus on key strategic issues
- Streamlining the meeting schedule to provide more time for preparation and reduce the reliance on lengthy verbal briefings
- Requesting that the Minister of Local Government assist the Council to address behavioural issues and underlying growth management problems by appointing a Crown Manager and Observer (one role) to: assist in the development and adoption of its 2021-31 Long-term Plan (passed on the Mayor’s casting vote); and act as an observer to address elected member performance issues and restore community trust and confidence that the Council can continue to function effectively after the term of the Crown Manager has ended.
The Council also agreed by a majority vote to convey the Review and Observer Team report to the Minister of Local Government and the Department of Internal Affairs.
Further to the council’s resolutions, a letter will be sent to the Minister of Local Government, requesting her intervention as detailed above.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Tenby Powell announced his resignation from his role, with immediate effect.
The council’s Electoral Officer has been advised by Chief Executive Marty Grenfell to initiate a by-election for the vacancy left by the resignation of Councillor Jako Abrie (in October) from his position representing the Pyes Pa/Otumoetai Ward, and for the Mayoralty.