A Review and Observer Team appointed to keep an eye on Tauranga City Councillors has recommended a Crown manager and observer be appointed to help.
The four person team, chaired by Peter Winder, released its first report recommending that council seeks external assistance from the Minister of Local Government.
“The Team’s considered view is that for the next period of time, a mix of continued democratically elected representation and Crown assistance provides the best chance of addressing the behaviour and performance issues at the council and creating the circumstances in which the underlying issues facing the city can be addressed,” the report states.
“This approach significantly reduces the risk of the failure of the council, particularly over the next period of time when there is a vacancy and the mayor is on sick leave.”
The observer team was appointed back in August in an effort to resolve ongoing elected member relationship issues.
The decision followed an emergency meeting to discuss the report from the Department of Internal Affairs. Read more here.
In the report released on Monday afternoon, the team recommended council requests the Minister of Local Government to assist the council to address “the behaviour issues and underlying growth management problems” that it is facing by appointing a Crown Manager and Observer.
Elected members are due to meeting this morning at 9.30am to discuss the recommendations.