Wellington City Council is the worst city council in New Zealand accounting for 17% of all Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act complaints to the Ombudsman. The number of complaints concerning the council has risen a shocking 33% between 2008/09 and 2009/10. Even North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams had got his act together by the time of the SuperCity elections.
The Ombudsmen’s annual report was tabled in Parliament today by the Speaker the House of Representatives, the Minister responsible for the Ombudsmen. See page 39 for details on comparative city council compliance with the LGOIMA.
|City Council||2008/08 complaints||2009/10 complaints|
|Total – all councils||89||121|
Will the culture of obstruction and secrecy at WCC change under the new Green administration? Can we expect that this foundation of participatory democracy will be properly respected? We’ll be watching.