Sir Tim says still waiting for apology

Sir Tim Shadbolt has been storing personal items at council-owned buildings. Photo: ODT files
Sir Tim Shadbolt
Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt is disappointed he is yet to hear from the council’s chief executive after an intercepted email was used against him.

Last week, Sir Tim was blindsided by council staff when an email he sent to media was intercepted and raised at a closed meeting an hour later.

On Monday, it was revealed the contents of the email — a response to a media request — had been raised as a late item at a closed meeting by Invercargill City Council chief executive Clare Hadley.

Mrs Hadley has since admitted she should not have shared the contents of the email, and said a review would be undertaken.

But the man at the centre says he is not satisfied.

"I’m waiting for an apology which I haven’t received.

"I don’t know if it’s still being monitored, I don’t know which other councillors are able to monitor my email," Sir Tim said.

"This could happen to any future mayor, so I’ve been fighting hard.

"It’s such a travesty of justice."

He was yet to hear from either the chief executive or any councillors following the saga, he said.

"They assume that because I’m a bit slow I’m not entitled to protection.

"I’m quite unnerved by it, as you can imagine."

On Wednesday, Mrs Hadley said an arrangement had been agreed on for council staff to assist the mayor, elected members and executive staff with administration to ensure a timely response to messages.

She admitted that did not include monitoring.

Cr Alex Crackett said the council had mandated the chief executive to ensure councillors and executive staff received all the communication from the mayor’s emails that were of full relevance to full council.

Talking to media, councillors expressed a range of views about what had unfolded.

Cr Crackett said the council had missed important meetings due to the mayor’s neglect, while Cr Rebecca Amundsen assumed emails were visible because of the Official Information Act.

Cr Ian Pottinger said he had missed out on important information about Three Waters which had been sent to Sir Tim from Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon, but not passed on.

Cr Peter Kett was wary about using his council iPad because of privacy concerns and had decided not to send emails on it.

Cr Lindsay Abbott said he had assumed emails were only intended for the recipient.

The results of a six-month follow-up to the independent governance review that was undertaken at the council was scheduled to be released today but has been postponed due to the lockdown.

A council spokesman said staff were fully focused on lockdown and would not comment until a review had been undertaken.


Fully focused at home. Story.

No wonder Sir Tim doesn't have the energy to do his job himself. He is spending most of his day self obsessing and feeling sorry for himself.

Here's a hint Tim. Let the ego go a bit. Stop fretting about yourslf and start working for the people of Invercargil. After a few months of that people might once again have a bit of respect for you.

But I doubt it can happen, the ego is too strong to let go of.