It was bizarre that Invercargill City Council had to send three troughers all the way to China to buy Christmas lights in the first place.
They clearly have not heard of AliExpress.
Nonetheless, they went…and came back empty handed.
Three Invercargill City Council staff who went to China to purchase Christmas lights failed to decide what lights they wanted.
The controversial trip, which cost ratepayers more than $21,000, resulted in elected councillors sparking up about the lighting issue at a full council meeting on Tuesday.
Some were in favour of the trip and some weren’t.
Council chief executive Richard King said last week four staff had gone to Invercargill’s sister city, Suqian, with three on the trip to purchase replacement Christmas lights for the CBD.
However, a report to Tuesday’s council meeting by finance director Dean Johnston revealed they had not bought any lights while in China. Read more »