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Council strips Archibald of local & regional roles, but he remains on committees

Published 31 January 2006


Papakura District Council censured former deputy mayor Glenn Archibald tonight and voted him off committee positions & roles as a council representative on external organisations, but only with a 5-4 split on the penalties.



Cllr Archibald, a Papakura accountant, is in his fifth term as a councillor. He was elected deputy mayor in 2001 when his accuser now, current deputy mayor Katrina Piggott, turned the job down, then unsuccessfully contested the mayoralty at the 2004 election, coming third in a 4-way race. He will remain a member of committees where he was previously chairman or deputy chairman.


Cllr Piggott alleged last September that Cllr Archibald had breached the council’s code of conduct in dealings with councillors & staff. A conduct review committee was set up, with mayor John Robertson as chairman and Cllrs Peter Jones & Des Heard as members.


The committee met with Cllr Archibald in October & December, and with Cllr Piggott and her witness, Cllr Caroline Conroy, in November, deliberated on 21 December and found Cllr Archibald had breached the code numerous times since the October 2004 election.


Cllr Archibald didn’t recant, wasn’t asked to do so tonight – and voted against all the committee’s recommended penalties. Cllrs Nancy Hawks, Ray Parker & Heard voted with Cllr Archibald against the recommended penalties.


The conduct review committee found Cllr Archibald breached the code provisions on dealing with other councillors in claims that:

councillors had allowed the chief executive, Theresa Stratton, to “supersede the roles of each of us as elected members who form this governing body” and in ongoing claims that meetings of councillors outside of formal publicly notified council meetings represented improper governance
Cllr Piggott was responsible for incurring a $15,000 legal cost to ratepayers as a result of an investigation by a previous council into matters in 2000 regarding allowances found to be unlawful; they’d been claimed by Cllr Archibald & 3 other councillors who were found to have relied upon his advice, and
demeaning remarks towards certain councillors when he tabled at a council meeting & read out his statement, Let me paint you Picasso’s Papakura in a nautical way.

On relations with staff, Cllr Archibald’s code breaches included statements where he:

questioned the integrity & competence of specific officers and their decision-making processes on at least 2 occasions in the previous 3 months, once in a public meeting and also in a private meeting
publicly criticised staff for their “inefficiency” & “duplication” of work
ridiculed the chief executive & her staff in a public meeting, accusing them if being “….. in a submarine that is currently off our radar screen, and that of the community, and
suggested in a memo to selected people that the chief executive may be “formulating leading or misleading recommendations that may suit her & her staff,” rather than providing advice.

The committee found the breaches were serious, “in that they reduce the effectiveness of council & its governance team, damage the credibility of council within the community, reduce trust & respect between elected members and injure the relationship between the elected members & the executive.”


The committee said Cllr Archibald acknowledged the allegations were correctly represented in nearly all instances. “However, he would not acknowledge any fault on his part, nor would he acknowledge that his words or actions breached the code of conduct.” He offered a conditional apology to councillors offended by his “Picasso’s Papakura” remarks.


“The committee finds this lack of acknowledgement disturbing. It suggests that Cllr Archibald does not accept the guidance provided to members in the code of conduct.”


Cllr Piggott produced plenty of evidence to support her allegations:

2 papers supported by council minutes
papers tabled at council meetings
memos Cllr Archibald had written
direct quotes of statements by Cllr Archibald in local newspapers
Cllr Conroy’s supporting evidence recalling statements made at council meetings
an unnamed source who alleged Cllr Archibald made certain statements at a community meeting in September 2005, and
notes Cllr Piggott made of a phone conversation she & Cllr Archibald had.

In the 2004 round of council appointments Cllr Archibald retained leading roles. Councillors concerned at the penalties against him raised 2 issues: one, that the council was depriving itself of expertise it sorely needed and, 2, that the other 7 councillors would all have a sharply increased workload.


Cllr Hawks – herself stripped of committee roles by Cllr Archibald before – said she didn’t bear a grudge: “I actually found it quite beneficial – I could say what I liked.”


She wasn’t present when the second altercation occurred: “All I can say from reading through the notes, Cllr Archibald went over the top.” She said councillors were “cutting off our noses to spite our faces. These motions should be put aside, he should be asked to apologise – the rest of it is quite petty.”


The mayor proposed a review of council committees & external representation in 12 months. Cllr Hawks wanted that review in 6 months, while Cllr Archibald said doing it in 12 months would be too close to the next election.


Cllr Piggott said: “I’m not happy to support 6 months. Cllr Archibald’s penance might last 6 months [but] as far as I’m concerned there’s still denial.”


Cllr Archibald will be replaced as:

chairman of the audit committee by Cllr Conroy
deputy chairman of the operations & monitoring committee by Cllr Peter Goldsmith, and
as a member of the resource consents committee.

The mayor recommended Cllr Archibald’s appointment as council representative on 3 bodies and “merely as an alternate” on 4 others be rescinded:

ARTNL (Auckland Regional Transport Network Ltd) shareholders representative group (Mr Robertson said that group was winding down, and Cllr Conroy was later appointed as Papakura’s representative on a new body, the Auckland Transport Plan Advisory Group)
Local Government NZ zone 1 (replaced by Cllr Jones)
Watercare Services shareholders representative group (which the mayor said he participated in; Cllr Archibald replaced by Cllr Piggott),
and as an alternate on the Ardmore airport noise consultative group
on the Regional Growth Forum (replaced by Cllr Goldsmith)
and on 2 groups formed by the growth forum,
the southern corridor & sector group, and
southern sector transport.

Earlier story:


30 October 2001: Papakura mayor holds back faction plans


 


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Attribution: Council agenda, meeting coverage, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Papakura finds neighbours unwilling to partner it on consent processing

Published 31 January 2006


After turning traditions of local government on their head when David Hawkins was mayor, Papakura District Council reduced itself to an organisation which had no reserves & virtually no infrastructure.



After farming out the job of handling resource & building consents, among other services, Papakura’s council in its last term decided to re-examine the degree of outsourcing.


Over the past year it began to put together some of the infrastructure it had dismantled. But one thing the council found in the rebuilding process: Its neighbours, Manukau City & Franklin District, don’t want to help. The mess Papakura got itself into, it can get itself out of.


Regulatory services director Graeme McCarrison filed a fairly dismal, ugly-duckling report at the Papakura council’s meeting tonight on options for partnering the neighbours as a building consent authority.


The council received the information without comment and approved the process of preparing an application for registration & accreditation to become a building consent authority “without a partner”.


The council has to apply to become a building consent authority by May, and achieve accreditation from the Department of Building & Housing before November 2007 to enable it to undertake building regulatory functions.


In November the council hired Morrison Low Consultants to determine the council’s best options and an assessment of partnering either neighbour: “The conclusion of the project was, ‘Given the lack of interest from either territorial authority in a partnering arrangement in respect of building regulatory services, council not pursue this option further,” Mr McCarrison said.


Mayor John Robertson, who took the Papakura role after a stint chairing Infrastructure Auckland, referred to the sad plight of the district in his regular mayor’s report to tonight’s council meeting:


“We have begun to tackle the deferred maintenance on our roading & stormwater infrastructure. The maintenance of our sewerage & water infrastructure is in the hands of United Water, monitored by council.


“It is in the maintenance & upgrading of some of the ‘other assets’ ($30 million book value out of $355 million total assets) that we need to put some resources into if we are to meet the test of sustainability – and also to met this council’s standards of cleanliness, safety & family friendliness around public amenities.


“The $30 million of ‘other assets’ consist of assets like changing rooms & toilet blocks, community halls, the Coles Crescent council building, our share of Accent Point (parking, office, service & community facilities building), the Massey Park stand & athletic track and the swimming pool complex.


“A number of these assets are in need of serious attention – a major overhaul or replacement. The source of much of the funding for major overhauls or replacement would normally be from reserves created by providing for depreciation over earlier years.


“These reserves do not exist, due to the practice of previous councils of not funding depreciation. In order to fund the upgrading of these assets, therefore, council will need to raise debt.”


Mr Robertson aid the council was exploring several new projects that would need substantial capital funding support, including upgrading the town centre and acquiring land for more reserves.


“Funding for these projects will principally be sourced from charitable trusts & donors, development contributions and the raising of debt.”


He said the council “made a good start in 2005, through our resolve to tidy up the operational side of our budget, to catch up on deferred maintenance and to fund depreciation.”


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Attribution: Council agenda, meeting coverage, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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5 new faces among 9 on Papakura council

2 Papakura District councillors were defeated, 2 didn’t stand for re-election and the district has a longtime politician for its new mayor.


In the race to replace retiring mayor David Buist, leading councillor Glenn Archibald could manage only a distant 3rd behind John Robertson, the former National MP whose job as chairman of Infrastructure Auckland was ended on 1 July, and independent Rick Pickard.


In July, Mr Robertson was about to become deputy chairman of a replacement company, Auckland Regional Holdings Ltd, but had his appointment blocked by the Auckland Regional Council after a spat over the temporary IA chief executive appointment.


Mr Archibald topped the poll in the Pahurehure ward ahead of newcomer Nancy Hawks, who defeated Cllr Felicity Auva’a.


Caroline Conroy was re-elected in the Ardmore ward and was joined by Ray Parker.


Peter Jones was re-elected in Drury and was joined by Peter Goldsmith.


In Red Hills, Katrina Piggott topped the poll and will be joined on the new council by Des Heard. Ross Vickery, bankrupted in January 2002 for the costs of his campaign against the sale of council assets (some of those since reversed), stayed on the council but managed only a losing 4th place.


Cllrs Steve Bayliss & Lynette Blackbourn didn’t stand for re-election.


Papakura’s vote was on the STV method. A poll on having Maori wards went 83% against the proposition.


Other election stories:


Power divide at ARC


Plenty ousted from region’s councils


Goodbye to Banks, eastern corridor & V8s, hello to less hardnosed business approach


Wood has recipe for winning


Law keeps mayoralty but Walker ascendant


Sir Barry only the 28% man this time


Waitakere ditches half its councillors

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