Mayor says sorry

Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014

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New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd has apologised for his no show at a public meeting in Waitara.

About 20 residents had gathered, in the pouring rain, outside the town's war memorial hall on Monday night expecting a "community conversation" with the mayor and councillors.

However the meeting had been postponed without giving the residents notice and no reason had been given.

Yesterday Judd said sorry to those who had braved the wintry weather.

"I must also apologise to those who turned up at the hall on Monday evening expecting a community conversation to take place," he said.

"We decided to postpone the event until we were clear on the council's position regarding the issue of the Waitara Endowment Land, which we were due to debate on Tuesday evening."

Judd said he wanted to ensure that they had as many answers for people as they possibly could regarding the complicated issue.

"We should have made it clear that the conversation was postponed and I apologise that this didn't happen."

The meeting would now be held on August 11 from 7pm to 8.30pm, and Judd, councillors and council staff would be present.

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