Tauranga ratbag doesn’t understand rule number one

Tauranga local body candidate and ratbag trougher, Tony Christiansen is trying to explain away his pathetic attendance record.

First term Tauranga City councillor Tony Christiansen is rejecting claims his meeting attendance record is a true measure of the effort he puts into his role.

Tony fares worst in figures released by Tauranga City Council showing elected members’ attendance records from October 2010 to August 2013.

The figures do not include attendance at project steering groups, task force meetings, public meetings or functions.

Tony is shown to have missed 34 meetings – the highest record of absence, with Mayor Stuart Crosby coming in second with 11 absences during the three year term. 

Tony attributes his absences to international speaking engagements, illness, and family commitments.

“I’ve got elderly parents and my mum’s got dementia. I spend a bit of time with her when she goes to the doctor, for example. I can’t always change doctor’s appointments at the hospital.

“I’m the only one that can actually look after her. She gets quite abusive to the staff. She’s tiny but at 84 years old she’s got a temper on her. She comes out with words that embarrass me at times.”

Tony is a double amputee and travels across the world delivering inspirational speeches. He tries to make sure speaking engagements do not clash with council or committee meetings, but has had two flights cancel on him this year, he says.

He needs to stump up and be honest.

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