Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis was accused of trying
to ''massage'' the official minutes of a Dunedin City Council
meeting during testy exchanges with Cr David Benson-Pope
The spat came after Cr Benson-Pope took exception to an
attempt by Cr Vandervis to have the minutes of an earlier
council meeting, held on November 21, amended during
yesterday's full council meeting.
The minutes showed Cr Vandervis had voted against a
resolution at the end of a debate on liquor licensing, held
in the non-public part of the council's November 21 meeting.
Cr Vandervis sought to have that changed, claiming he had
voted against only one part of the two-part resolution. Cr
Benson-Pope insisted the minutes were accurate and any
attempt to change them was ''laughable''.
Cr Vandervis said he also wanted the minutes to reflect what
happened, but ''when I read them they plainly did not''.
''If Mr Benson-Pope wants to interpret what I said at the
meeting differently, well, that's his privilege, but I
believe I was very clear.''
That prompted Mayor Dave Cull to interject, defending the
accuracy of the minutes.
''Quite frankly, I'm over it,'' Cr Vandervis finally
''Do whatever you like.''
Councillors then voted to retain the original meeting
minutes, with Cr Vandervis voting against.