Timms future in doubt

December 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Southland Times reports:

Shamed Environment Southland chairwoman has taken six weeks paid leave, effective immediately, but four regional councillors believe she should have stood down.

Ms Timms applied for the leave after being outed for making a hoax phone call to talkback television last week. She harangued Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt about the council’s funding of the Auckland to Bluff yacht race for nearly 10 minutes on the Cue television programme, while pretending to be a struggling mother of two called Ruby whose partner had been laid off at Tiwai.

Environment Southland councillors discussed her actions in a closed-doors meeting yesterday, with acting Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell later issuing a statement saying they had unanimously expressed their extreme disapproval of her “unacceptable lack of judgment”.

The council is expected to hold a meeting in late January “to consider the council’s chairmanship”.

I don’t see how she can continue in the chair’s role with credibility. I don’t think she needs to resign from the Council, and in October voters can decide whether to keep her on. But the council elect the chair, and they can’t have a leader who does fake calls to TV shows to attack the Mayor of one of the Councils they have to work with.

Shadbolt may be hard work, but the tactics can not be condoned.

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7 Responses to “Timms future in doubt”

  1. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    The woman deserves to be sacked immediately.

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  2. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    She should resign immedaitely. She has acted in an totally unethical manner and in a manner that is inconsistent with the office she holds. She has bought the office she holds into disrepute.
    Now I now that many Kiwis find it difficult to accept the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour particularly those who hold public office.
    Whilst they pass laws and rules that govern the behaviour of others they think the same rules dont apply to them.
    In short as I have stated here and on other blogs they are 2 faced morons and areholes or in her case an arseholess ( the feminine of the former).
    Alas we have very low levels of moral and ethical behaviour (think Horan/Peters as a recent example) in both our public and private sector.

    Good governance is predicated on good morals and good ethics. Like beauty both are in the eyes of the beholder.
    Most citizens recognise the difference between good and bad. Pity office holders like this moronic bint dont.

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  3. Tautaioleua (266 comments) says:

    No dignity or honour in trying to hold on. She should have resigned long ago.

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  4. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    She should be on medication – she obviously needs it. I guess its hard to really feel anger when someone who is so mentally ill does something like this

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  5. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    Did she make any valid points while she was posing as the poor mother?

    It would be interesting to know how much Invercargill City council is “funding” this yacht race for toffs…. surely if you can afford a racing yacht you don’t need state subsidies for your leisure activities.

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  6. Ashley Schaeffer (336 comments) says:

    If she had any integrity she would resign, but then we don’t encourage people to take responsibility for their own actions in today’s society.

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  7. Viking2 (10,715 comments) says:

    Get over yourselves you self righteous bunch. Labour has its minions doing this stuff in the newspapers on a regular basis.
    Mostly they get outed. The Greens do it daily with their duplicitous spouting. National do it via secret channels.

    Laugh at it and move on. They are the people who loose their credibility.

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