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Southgate v. Buckley

This rather staggering report appeared in the Waikato Times today which places Peter Buckley in a rather embarrassing position having failed to register his interest in a local government consultancy/advocacy that he has apparently established with Mark Farnsworth.

The supplementary question relates to just how this affects Farnsworth's position as Chair of the TCDC DP Hearings Panel, and whether he has declared this involvement? 

In the meantime, Buckley has been called in for a chat today with WRC Chair Paula Southgate to explain himself, or rather to have his failure to register the subject of a good 'telling off' by the Headmistress.

Somewhat embarrassing I would have thought, and a good lesson to others who choose to ignore basic rules surrounding conflict of interest.

What is more interesting is the statement by Property Council amalgamation sub-committee chair - Thomas Gibbons that councillors had been told that they would not be welcome at the meeting because "political posturing was not welcome." I wonder how that fits with Mayor Leach being invited to speak at which time some would say he made a virtue of political posturing.




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