Tauranga mayor resigns, effective immediately

Tenby Powell resigned at today's council meeting. File image/SunLive.

Tenby Powell has resigned from his position as mayor of Tauranga, effective immediately.

At a meeting in council today, Powell publicly called for the Minister of Local Government to appoint a commissioner to replace what he calls a “dysfunctional council”.

Powell tendered his resignation at the meeting that was being held to discuss the need for the council to appoint a Crown Manager, which passed 5-5 with Powell using his casting vote.

Tauranga City Council Chief Executive Marty Grenfell confirms he has received Powell’s resignation.

He says the Mayor has cited a number of reasons for his decision and had expressed the hope that the resolution adopted by the Council today, to ask the Minister of Local Government to appoint a Crown Manager, would facilitate the best possible outcomes for the city.

“The council executive team is heartened by his expression of support and confidence in staff to continue running the business of Council professionally and deliver on the needs of our fast-growing city.

“We wish him well and hope he will have a speedy recovery from his forthcoming prostate cancer treatment.”

Grenfell says he will liaise with the Minister of Local Government with regard to the potential appointment of a Crown Manager and seek guidance on any matters which may arise as a result of the Mayor’s resignation.

Powell is the second elected council member to resign, following the departure of former councillor Jako Abrie earlier this year.

Abrie’s resignation means that a by-election will need to be held.

Nominations for candidates open on November 24.

Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp says that, in practice, people could already visit the Electoral Commission’s website to check their enrolment details and enrol to vote.

“Most people will already be enrolled, as the same electoral roll was used for last month’s general election.

“If you’re not sure about your enrolment, I’d encourage you to visit the Electoral Commission’s website to make sure you’re able to have your say when voting starts.”

Also on November 24, nominations will open for people wishing to stand for council in the by-election.

November 24

Public can enrol to vote
Candidate nominations open

December 22

Electoral rolls close
Candidate nominations close

January 26

Delivery of voting papers starts
Special voting opens

January 31

Last day for delivery of voting papers

February 17

Election day

February 17

Progress results available as soon as practical after voting closes

February 20

Declaration of final results (estimated date)





You may also like...



Posted on 21-11-2020 08:36 | By Andrew64

Mum they’re being mean to me. They won’t do what I want. I don’t want to play anymore.

At last

Posted on 20-11-2020 16:03 | By Told you

Good to see him gone, he caused nothing but unrest since he was voted Mayor, if he hadn’t over stated just how good he was a different outcome may have been possible.

He's gone

Posted on 20-11-2020 15:53 | By Tardis

What a fiasco, he should have never got the job. We were all conned by his promises.

At last..

Posted on 20-11-2020 13:35 | By Slim Shady

..the penny dropped. We now need to drain the swamp. Sack the lot, including all the overpaid incompetent staff.

Leave a Comment

Sorry, Sun Media is no longer accepting comments on this article.