Vandervis rejects Zoom option

The seat of Cr Lee Vandervis was empty at this week’s Dunedin City Council meeting and no apology was put to the meeting.

However, an apology may well end up being recorded in the minutes.

Cr Vandervis, who was trespassed by the council when he tried to attend a meeting this month without a Covid-19 vaccine pass, can participate in meetings through Zoom.

He sent an email on Monday, informing the council he was not able to attend the following day’s meeting, "as I have been trespassed from the meeting room".

Cr Vandervis said his experience with Zoom meetings during lockdown had been unsatisfactory and that made it clear being the only elected representative excluded from the room "is not an option for me to do what I consider to be my job" as a councillor.

A council spokesman said the councillor had clarified yesterday his email was intended to be an apology for Tuesday’s meeting.

"The record will be updated when the minutes are confirmed at the next council meeting."

Assuming most councillors agree the minutes are a correct record, that is. 


Lol, what an attention seeker ! Council should just put an "appropriate" picture of the permanently aggrieved Mr Vandervis at visible height (or not : )



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