What is going on with the Christchurch City Council? Ctd

One councillor has taken a stand against Tony Marryatt and called for him to be sacked.

In a statement to The Press, Carter said it was time for the Government to step in and appoint a commissioner willing to engage with the full council and the wider community in an open and transparent manner.

Others are a bit ambivalent, but highly pissed off that the “Communications Review” costing ratepayers $80,000 was decided without the input of the communications committee.

Johanson chairs the council’s communications committee and he was only informed of the review 20 minutes before a statement was sent to the media late on Friday afternoon.

The mayor defends the CEO – after allegedly threatening to resign if the CEO was not reappointed.

A review by councillors and staff on Marryatt’s performance had produced the best marks he had seen in 20 years of being involved in local government, Parker said.

Though having managed to piss off the left wing with the rise in rents for social housing, and the right wing with the Henderson deal and the uneconomic central city rebuild plans the CEO is not exactly well liked in the community. Perhaps some of his review should have included “stakeholder relationships” as the tipline has yet to find a stakeholder that has anything good to say about Tony Marryatt.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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