Urgent meeting on council's problems cancelled

An urgent Invercargill City Council meeting where councillors were set to hear the latest developments triggered by a Government review into problems at the council has been cancelled.

A council's spokeswoman said the meeting set to be held today was cancelled due to a family bereavement.

An Invercargill City Council extraordinary meeting was set to begin at 9am for independent evaluator Richard Thomas and council independent governance adviser Bruce Robertson to brief councillors on their review of the council’s governance.

The pair were called in after the Department of Internal Affairs launched an investigation in August in response to concerns raised about the performance of elected representatives.

A new date for the meeting will be set.

A council spokeswoman yesterday said that after the briefing, feedback would be sought from elected members about the report and the recommendations, which the evaluators would present.

The report would be finalised then considered formally by the full council.

"Once the council has considered the report and made decisions on the way forward, the outcome and next steps will be shared with the Department of Internal Affairs and the community," she said.


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