Tensions between Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and his deputy Liz Kelly have boiled over at a council meeting, as councillors debated whether the city should join a regional water management system.
Ms Kelly raised concerns at last night's meeting over a proposal for Porirua to become a shareholder in Capacity, the water management firm that oversees supplies for Wellington city and the Hutt Valley.
The proposed model, which would fold the council's current water management team into Capacity's region-wide team, was not the right fit for Porirua, Ms Kelly said.
After a series of questions from Ms Kelly to council officers and chief executive Gary Simpson, Mr Leggett said he objected to her interrogating council staff when they had already produced several reports for councillors to read.
The two began to raise their voices and talk over one another as they battled to have their turn to speak, prompting exasperated sighs from fellow councillors.
Councillor Bronwyn Kropp suggested the council take an adjournment so members could "continue as adults", as she had become "quite fed up" with such behaviour continually disrupting meetings, and quoted a standing order that would allow Ms Kelly to be removed.
However, Mr Leggett opted not to remove Ms Kelly.
With the exception of Ms Kelly, all councillors voted to join Capacity on November 1. The council-controlled organisation will oversee Porirua's water supply, wastewater and stormwater systems.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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