Unveiling of report stymied

Photo: ODT files.
Photo: ODT files.
A follow-up report to one that slammed the Invercargill City Council may not see the light of day for a while.

During the council’s risk and assurance committee meeting yesterday, chairman Bruce Robertson said he would discuss with chief executive Clare Hadley the best way to deal with the report from Richard Thomson in light of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Mr Thomson last year released an independent review noting issues in the council, including Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt’s struggle to fulfil significant aspects of his job, the relationship between the mayor and the chief executive, and the appointment of Cr Nobby Clark as deputy mayor.

A new report prepared by Mr Thomson, outlining progress made, has been produced but not yet seen by the council.

Mr Robertson believed such a ‘‘significant’’ report was better discussed in person.

‘‘At this stage, all I can say is that [the report] progressed well, but we need to find a way to bring it to us,’’ he said.

‘‘We might need to seek your leave to do it electronically which — from my perspective — is less desirable than meeting in person.’’

Meeting in person would require a drop in alert levels.

It is understood some parties, such as the chief executive, the deputy mayor and the mayor, have already been provided a copy of the draft report.

A decision on the report’s release will be made at a later date.

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