Nanaia Mahuta, the Minister of Local Government, has revealed she plans to appoint a Commission in response to governance problems at Tauranga City Council.
The deeply divided council has recently been slammed as being made up of “petty politicians” in “desperate need of progressive thinking”, by Tauranga’s outgoing mayor Tenby Powell.
During a fiery resignation speech in November, Powell called on Mahuta to appoint commissioners to replace the councillors.
This is an extreme action, but one that appears warranted. What has gone on there is not acceptable or professional.