More dodgy stuff in Nelson

September 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A plan by mayor and councillor Pete Rainey to unveil how Nelson’s waterfront might be upgraded has upset others around the council table who claim to have known nothing about it being ready for public launch. …

Mr Miccio and Mr Rainey are planning to showcase the concept plans for the waterfront upgrade at an event at the Theatre Royal this Friday. All councillors and the public are invited.

Mr Miccio said the final presentation, completed just last week, had been seen only by himself and Mr Rainey, who co-chairs the community services portfolio.

Mr Rainey, who has been driving the project, said today it was not a council function but a private one being held by himself and the mayor. He questioned why colleagues were objecting.

Mr Davy said the basis of the complaint was that Mr Miccio and Mr Rainey were election candidates who had used a person involved in handling private campaign advertising, to invite the public to a presentation of what was a council project.

Incumbent Mayors should not use the Council resources as part of their private campaigning.

Councillor Paul Matheson said it was inappropriate to hold a public function before the council had made a decision on it.

“To publicly advertise it beforehand is just plain rude, but it’s not the first time something like this has happened,” he said.

Mr Miccio was in the news a few weeks ago for spamming people who were in the Council database.

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4 Responses to “More dodgy stuff in Nelson”

  1. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    Incumbent Mayors should not use the Council resources as part of their private campaigning ……

    Incumbent MPs should not use tax payer resources as part of their private campaigning …. But they do … And they never get prosecuted ….

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  2. Pete George (21,798 comments) says:

    The same thing is being done in Dunedin. The incumbent is promoting personal policies as mayor – a rental housing warrant of fitness scheme with interested parties (but excluding Property Investors), and he has been “encouraging” the DCC CEO to implement a ‘living wage’.

    Both of these are using his mayoral position to promote them, but his council have been excluded from consultation. He told me this week there was no need to consult on the living wage, he just thought it should happen and he thought it would happen – somehow within the current budget, although he admitted he didn’t know what the rate was.

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  3. Viking2 (10,703 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t be a politician that doesn’t.

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  4. orewa1 (425 comments) says:

    Corrupt. No other word for it.

    If the rules allow other to do it, then the rules must be changed.

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