Confusion over district licensing committee members

The five people approved to be Dunedin district licensing committee members have been appointed by the Dunedin City Council.

The appointments, of Queenstown lawyer Tanya Surrey, retired Dunedin police officer Colin Lind, Dunedin city councillor and former MP David Benson-Pope, Dunedin private investigator Wayne Idour and former licensee Peter Burrows, of Dunedin, were made by the council in a public-excluded part of this week's council meeting.

Councillors voted to move the discussion into the non-public part of the meeting after some confusion as to why the appointments were on the public agenda, when that was not the usual practice.

Cr Jinty MacTavish suggested the move as a way to protect candidates' privacy were there to be any discussion among councillors - the usual council practice.

She said dealing with the matter in a public session could make it awkward for councillors to discuss individuals should they have any concerns.

Cr Lee Vandervis was the only councillor to oppose the move, saying too many matters were being discussed in private lately.

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