The Dom Post reports:
The plum Wellington City Council appointment to the Wellington International Airport board has gone to deputy mayor Ian McKinnon – but not before a colleague suggested he was unqualified for the job.
The role, worth at least $37,500 a year, was previously held by former mayor Kerry Prendergast.
Councillor appointments to council-controlled organisations, committees, boards and portfolios were voted on yesterday at a meeting of the full council.
Mr McKinnon said councillors appointed to eight CCOs, as well as Wellington Airport, were there on merit.
But councillor Helene Ritchie said she would be best suited for the airport role as she is a former chairwoman of both the city’s airport authority and the airport company’s interim board.
“I don’t understand what knowledge and experience he has other than flying in an aeroplane.”
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who showed great backroom diplomacy in getting almost unanimous support for scores of councillor appointments, backed Mr McKinnon.
“It’s not totally based on the knowledge of the subject matter. It’s also knowledge about governance, finance and relationships.”
Good to see near-unanimous agreement on the roles.If the only dissent is from someone saying they wanted that role instead (rather than someone else saying that person should get that role), then you’ve done a good job.Tags: Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington City Council