Contract for council's Crown observer to end

04:33, Jun 26 2012

The Crown observer monitoring the Christchurch City Council will finish on Sunday, but a councillor says he should stay until the 2013 elections.

Former Nelson mayor Kerry Marshall has been working with councillors since January after being appointed to observe the council and provide reports to the Government.

An initial March 3 report by Marshall, provided to The Press under the Official Information Act said a lack of respect between councillors had led to a "breakdown in trust and the blurring of the line between governance and management".

The report said councillors needed to "pull together" and stop criticising council staff in public.

Local Government Minister David Carter today said Marshall's contract would not be renewed when it expired on July 1 after "positive progress" had been made.

Carter said Marshall had worked with the council to rebuild professional relationships between the mayor, councillors and staff.


"The Crown observer has helped the Christchurch City Council address ways to improve its working relationships and present a more united front,'' he said.

''This has led to the development of a council charter signed by the mayor and all councillors.

"I am confident that the Christchurch City Council can continue to rebuild public confidence in the authority without additional Government-funded support."

Cr Aaron Keown this month said Marshall's work with the councillors was important.

He wanted Marshall to remain in the role for the rest of the council's term.

Cr Peter Beck said he supported Marshall continuing to work with the council, but it did not have to be daily work.

Cr Yani Johanson believed Marshall was no longer needed.

"I think he's fulfilled the role he was asked to do and I think it's time for the council to land on its own feet," he said.

The Press