Published 27 November 2009
Auckland City Council voted along its 12-7 caucus divide last night not to replace Sam Lotu-Iiga for the remaining 11 months of the council term.
Mr Lotu-Iiga was elected to the council in October 2007 on the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket, decided to stand for the Maungakiekie seat in Parliament in February 2008, was elected as an MP last November but stood down from the council only last month.
The council majority took the view that Mr Lotu-Iiga’s role would be covered because the area had 2 community boards and still had 3 councillors, “more representation than will exist after the next election in less than 11 months”.
The council minority & local groups proposed Maungakiekie community board chairman Bridget Graham, a former Citizens & Ratepayers member but nowadays an independent, take his place for the rest of the term.
The mayor, John Banks, voted with the council minority to discuss replacement in the confidential section of the agenda, where such matters would normally be discussed when they are about individuals, but that was defeated 11-8. The mayor then voted with the majority for no replacement in a 12-7 vote.
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Attribution: Council meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.