Dunedin city councillors have decided to move on without
resolving a complaint against Mayor Dave Cull dating back more
than a year.
Councillors at yesterday's full council meeting decided to
accept the recommendation made by deputy mayor Chris Staynes,
who had been attempting to resolve a complaint against Mr
Cull made by Cr Lee Vandervis.
Cr Vandervis filed the code of conduct complaint in September
last year, claiming Mr Cull had erred in his handling of
issues including points of order raised by councillors during
The matter had dragged on without resolution since, despite
attempts at mediation.
Cr Staynes' report - considered at yesterday's meeting - said
Cr Vandervis had in September declined an offer to arrange an
external mediator to resolve the complaint.
However, because of the amount of time that had passed, and
the council's decision to review its standing orders,
including the complaints process, it was recommended no
further action be taken, Cr Staynes' report said.
Councillors at yesterday's meeting voted to accept the
recommendation, without debate.