Apology falls 'well short'

Last updated 10:09 15/11/2012

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New Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott campaigned on a platform of transparency and honesty in local government, and claimed to be experienced in ''communications''.

However, she has involved Kapiti Coast District Council in a time- consuming and presumably costly stoush in which the council had to use the threat of legal action to elicit an apology (Apology following legal threat, November 5).

Ms Elliott refuses to say how she obtained a recording of a council meeting which was posted on her anti-council website. The edited transcript provided a seriously misguided interpretation of what Councillor Penny Gaylor actually said, to suit Ms Elliott's agenda.

Even her apology falls well short of the mark, saying her published comments were that Cr Gaylor ''supports privatisation of water meters'', then going on to say she acknowledges Cr Gaylor ''does not support water meters''. The issue has always been, surely, that Cr Gaylor does not support ''the privatisation of'' water meters.

If Ms Elliott was truly remorseful and wishing for transparency, she would have used her self- proclaimed communications skills to get the apology right, she would tell the public how she obtained the recording, why it was heavily edited, checked her facts first with Cr Gaylor, and apologised early enough for the Otaki public to make an informed judgement of her suitability as a community board member.

Ian Carson


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