From Wairarapa times-age.co.nz
A South Wairarapa councillor has resigned, citing “no confidence” in the mayor and district council’s chief executive.
Dayle Harwood emailed South Wairarapa Mayor Viv Napier and his former fellow councillors yesterday with the news.
Mrs Napier has accepted his resignation and plans to be in touch with Local Government New Zealand today to begin the process of finding a replacement via a by-election.
Mr Harwood told the Times-Age he was sick and tired of the “pettiness” and “elements of bullying” that went on behind the scenes.
He was elected onto South Wairarapa District Council (SWDC) for the Featherston ward in 2016.
He said there needed to be a change of attitude, and South Wairarapa needed a clear, new vision going forward.
“It’s time the council be led properly, and South Wairarapa deserves that. They voted against amalgamation, so they think this is a better model. The council needs to prove it, and they’re not doing that.”
He said he was also fed up with SWDC chief executive Paul Crimp not taking responsibility for issues that he was accountable for.
“I personally have no confidence in the mayor and CEO and I wish them all the best.”
Mr Crimp said Mr Harwood’s comments would be taken on board.
“As with any situation like this, we’ll look at the messages coming out and see what improvements, if any, need to be made.”
Mr Harwood said he “wasn’t getting any back up” from other councillors, and that SWDC did not appreciate his outspokenness.
“I felt it was just me up against the whole council.”