Timaru's two mayoral candidates appear to have similar council meeting attendance records, as the issue of how much time each has for the role continues to simmer.
Some of Damon Odey's billboards claim he will be the district's "fulltime mayor".
Mr Odey has said this was in response to rival Steve Earnshaw, who has said he would continue practising as a surgeon if elected.
Mr Earnshaw took objection to Mr Odey's billboard, and has since claimed on his campaign website that he had "the highest attendance rate at council meetings, workshops and councillor cafes".
The Herald is awaiting a council response about attendance rates, but Timaru political enthusiast Andrew McMillan has done his own calculations. In fact, it appears Temuka-Pleasant Point ward councillor Pat Mulvey has the best record, missing only one committee meeting since the start of the last term in 2010.
Mr Earnshaw has apparently missed four committee meetings, and no council meetings, and Mr Odey two council meetings and three committee meetings.
Mr Earnshaw said Mr McMillan's exercise was interesting.
"I still stand by my claim. I have not missed a council meeting, and the only reason I missed four committee meetings was due to a family matter. All of [the committee meetings] were held on one day," Mr Earnshaw said.
Mr Odey said he was running a "positive campaign", and would let the billboard speak for itself.
"I don't want to get involved in a slagging match. My campaign is about families, the community and economic growth. I've structured my many business interests so I don't actually have an office, as such. I can be on call whenever people need me," he said.
Mr McMillan, who ran for the council in 2010, posted his findings on his blog.
"In a few cases, several committee meetings were held on one day, which meant that if you were away, you could feasibly miss three or four in one go," he said.
"It's not a major issue, but it's important that candidates are accurate about their claims."
Councillors are on a salary, and not a per-meeting basis, although they can get extra money for chairing committees and other duties.
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