Familiar story isn’t it? Public excluded. Causing ongoing controversy everywhere. What are they hiding? Oh, that’s right. Sensitive information. Sure. It’s not rocket science is it with everything else that they’re making headlines for these days? Especially recent revelations on the developers’ & fire sale prices in the Horowhenua. Anyway, this one is on the topic of a Councilor’s personal safety & water. That clean green stuff we’re known for internationally, right? That’s found in possibly just 40% of our rivers now. Oh well, business is good, and that’s the main thing isn’t it? On the safety topic, that’s a growing issue too as some Horowhenua folk found out when they decided in 2016 to highlight Council’s role in polluting the local waterways. Same happened to a Councilor for doing the same in 2004. Interesting times people.
The public should not have been excluded from a council meeting in which a city’s drinking water supply was discussed, the Ombudsman’s office has found.
Napier City Council excluded the public from attending all items of its Audit and Risk Committee meeting on December 7 last year. The major item on the agenda was titled ‘Update on Water Supply – Drinking Water Quality Improvements’.
The meeting was held just three days after the council told ratepayers they needed to urgently cut down on water use as water levels were about to run out, and just weeks after Stuff had revealed that the council was failing to meet national Drinking Water Standards that had been in place since 2008.