One of Dunedin's incoming city councillors, businessman Doug
Hall, is remaining tight-lipped about conflicts of interest
after a top-level meeting with Dunedin City Council staff
However, council staff have agreed to seek advice from the
Office of the Auditor-general (OAG) to help clarify the
position, following a request from Mr Hall, it has been
The move comes after Mr Hall met council chief executive Paul
Orders and corporate services group manager Sandy Graham to
discuss possible conflicts of interest yesterday morning.
That included Mr Hall's legal dispute with the council over
the realignment of State Highway 88, running past his
transport business next to the road, which is set to play out
in the Environment Court next year.
Mr Hall said after the meeting any statement would come from
Ms Graham, although he did not predict major difficulties.
''There's no issue ... Sandy's working through all that.
She's going to come back to me. Anything can be worked
He would not say what other conflicts he expected might
arise, or whether yesterday's discussions included any
attempt to resolve the standoff over the SH88 realignment.
''I know it's awkward. I'd love to sit down and - but it's
not going to happen just now.''
Ms Graham said the meeting was ''constructive'', but did not
include any attempt to resolve the SH88 dispute.
Instead, talk of SH88 focused only on any possible conflict
of interest arising from Mr Hall's involvement in the legal
proceedings and his duties as a councillor.
The potential for other conflicts to arise was also
discussed, given Mr Hall's interests, she said.
As a result, Ms Graham said she had been asked by Mr Hall to
contact the OAG for advice, but it was not yet known how long
that process might take.
''He has requested that I action that for him,'' Ms Graham
She would seek advice on ''any matters where there may be a
conflict'', including SH88, but would not say what other
potential conflicts had been identified.