Dunedin city councillors are remaining tight-lipped about the
alleged Citifleet fraud.
Most councillors were either not answering or not commenting
Those contacted said they had been advised not to comment,
and to leave any talking to council chief executive Dr Sue
Bidrose and Mayor Dave Cull.
Deputy Mayor Chris Staynes would only say councillors had to
be ''damn careful'' not to say anything that might jeopardise
aspects of the investigation, including ''what the police
might or might not do''.
Cr Andrew Whiley was also reluctant to comment, but said the
way it was being handled by Dr Bidrose was ''the right way to
go about it''.
''I support her in exactly what she's doing,'' he said.
''I will be interested to see where it goes with the
Cr Jinty MacTavish said councillors had been ''advised not to
(comment) for legal reasons''; Cr Doug Hall said he was yet
to see details of the council's media release; and Crs Mike
Lord and Kate Wilson declined to comment.
Cr Richard Thomson responded to a request for his view with a
simple: ''No - are you surprised?''
Other councillors could not be contacted late yesterday.
Earlier, Mr Cull said in a statement the fraud's discovery
after more than a decade ''shows the council has been right
to push for more transparency and tighter processes''.
''We tasked Sue, and the previous chief executive, Paul
Orders, with reviewing DCC practices so any problems or
issues could be fixed as part of our accountability to
''Paul started with our companies and made a huge improvement
in their governance and oversight.
''Now Sue and her staff are having the same impact inside the