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Invercargill deputy mayor will need to ‘take his medicine’ on back of criticism

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, left, and deputy mayor Nobby Clark are understood to have featured prominently in an independent governance review of the Invercargill City Council.

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Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, left, and deputy mayor Nobby Clark are understood to have featured prominently in an independent governance review of the Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill deputy mayor Nobby Clark describes a meeting addressing council conflict as the most positive since he joined the council, despite him feeling the wrath of some of his fellow Invercargill city councillors.

The Invercargill City Council met on Thursday night to consider the findings of an independence governance review in a public excluded session.

The review was carried out following concerns raised by the Department of Internal Affairs in August in regard to ‘significant conflict’ at the council.

In a council statement released on Friday, it says the council unanimously accepted the findings of the review, which was put together by independent governance expert Bruce Robertson and independent evaluator Richard Thomson.

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However, at this point, the council has kept the review findings private as they work through a plan for the future with the DIA.

Discussions with the DIA will take place over the coming weeks with the council expecting it will be able to share its plans with the community “soon”.

Most councillors did not return calls on the matter when approached on Friday, although Clark ensured they were “not hiding from anything” given information will be released later.

Stuff understands criticism of Clark and Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt featured prominently in the feedback gathered from councillors for the review, as well as the review findings itself.

It seems Clark has irked other councillors on the back of comments made in the media.

Clark said he would “need to take my medicine” in regard to any criticism and take the review findings on board.

He said he was unable to discuss just what those findings are at this stage.

It’s understood Clark’s role as deputy was discussed at Thursday’s meeting.

When asked if councillors wanted him removed as deputy mayor, Clark said not to his knowledge.

Shadbolt appointed Clark as his deputy after Toni Biddle resigned from council.

Although councillors could call for a vote to remove Clark if they felt it was necessary.

Other councillors remained tight-lipped about Thursday’s meeting when approached on Friday, although Cr Lindsay Abbott and Cr Darren Ludlow also described Thursday’s meeting as positive.

Ludlow said while he could not say a lot about what was discussed, he said everybody conducted themselves well at the meeting.

“While the report has got some stuff that is challenging, I’m pretty sure we can deal with what’s in there. After last night’s meeting I’m fairly optimistic about the future,’’ Ludlow said.

Council chief executive Clare Hadley acknowledged the strong public interest in the outcome of the review.

However, she said it was important that the council followed the process by working with the DIA to discuss a plan for the future.

She said they

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