A prolonged stoush between Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and
one of his councillors over claims of broken rules is to be
abandoned without resolution.
Cr Lee Vandervis had lodged a code of conduct complaint in
September last year, claiming Mr Cull erred in his handling
of ''a whole bunch of issues'', including points of order
raised by councillors during meetings.
Cr Vandervis' action was among tit-for-tat moves that saw six
complaints lodged within weeks - all of them involving Cr
Vandervis, either as the councillor making the complaints or
as the target of them.
Most had since been resolved, but the complaint involving Cr
Vandervis and Mr Cull had not, despite attempts at mediation.
Instead, councillors will be asked on Monday to consider
resolving the matter by accepting it is time to move on.
A report by deputy mayor Chris Staynes recommended taking no
further action because of the elapsed time, and because a
review of the council's code of conduct complaints procedure
was already under way.
Cr Vandervis confirmed when contacted yesterday he was
involved in the matter, but was reluctant to comment about
the details, saying only it was ''not exciting at all''.
''In general, the code of conduct system seems not to have
''The item you refer to is, I believe, simply a tidy-up.''
Cr Staynes could not be reached for comment.
Mr Cull confirmed earlier this year a review was under way
that would look to simplify standing orders, and possibly
introduce an independent panel to adjudicate complaints.