This morning the Dom Post reported that Mayor elect Celia Wade-Brown had not contacted a substantial number of councillors, despite having plenty of time to cycle round Civic Square on her push bike.
“Incoming Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown could face an uphill battle to achieve her goal of a more inclusive council, with a group of dissenting councillors questioning her commitment a day after she was elected.
Six city councillors voiced concerns yesterday that she had not contacted them to discuss key appointments in her new administration.”
This has been a big story for that Tory bastion of respectable journalism. It has over 57 comments and counting.
Scoop took the other angle, and called them “six foolish rebels”. That’s going too far, but I have heard that some were genuinely surprised at not being contacted.
“Six Wellington city councilors made a foolish political mistake yesterday when they allowed their names to be used in a report complaining that the new mayor hadn’t yet spoken to them about the makeup of the new council.
What were they expecting? The election result was announced on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, the mayor-elect was at a training day for new mayors. Did they want her to ignore the training (provided by Local Government New Zealand) and spend the day on her cellphone?
Ray Ahipene-Mercer is ringleader of a group who the DomPost would have us believe is made up of instant rebels.”
Whatever the truth, she needs to get all the councillors on speed dial and stay in touch on a daily basis. Text if needs be. It looks like another high maintenance bunch of councillors.
For the record, the “magnificent six” are Jo Coughlan, Paul Eagle, Leonie Gill, Ian McKinnon, Ray Ahipene-Mercer, and John Morrison. John was known as a ‘mystery’ himself.