Poll finds in favour of retaining ORC elected members

Marian Hobbs
Marian Hobbs
Elected members at the Otago Regional Council should not be replaced by commissioners, according to the results of a poll.

Yesterday’s poll of Otago Daily Times readers asked whether respondents thought councillors should be replaced with a Government-appointed commissioner.

The poll ran until 6pm yesterday evening and attracted 430 votes, 63% of respondents, or 272 people, disagreeing with the need for a commissioner.

In favour of the move were 37%, or 158 votes.

A petition calling for the appointment of commissioners was launched last weekend, and former council chairwoman Cr Marian Hobbs revealed on Monday that she was a signatory.

The petition was launched by Central Otago Environmental Society chairman Phil Murray, who said he had lost faith in the will of the council to implement change.

Cr Hobbs’ decision to sign the petition came after the council voted against noting minimum flows for the Manuherikia River last week in a six-four split.

She has since said she will resign from the council if commissioners are not appointed.



Perhaps getting rid of one particular elected member would be an improvement though...

Yeah, Michael Laws needs to go...

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