While we wait (and wait) for an explanation from Councilor Ahipene-Mercer about last week’s ill-considered complaints on behalf of his group of dissenting councilors, it’s reasonable to hope that he has been studying the code of conduct for our elected representatives.
Less than 24 hours after the election result was announced, he questioned the new mayor’s commitment for a more inclusive council because, he said, she hadn’t called him yet. He told the DomPost he was cynical about the mayor’s promise of inclusiveness.
Perhaps his silence since then is because he has discovered that the expected behaviour for elected members of the Wellington City Council includes:
members should treat people with respect
He should have also discovered the expectation that
members … should be prepared to justify their actions
members should not behave improperly …
members should focus on issues rather than personalities
members should avoid aggressive, offensive or abusive conduct
There’s also a requirement that
members … should co-operate fully and honestly with the scrutiny appropriate to their office
He’ll also be recognising that the code of conduct applies equally to the new mayor, who we can expect will
… make decisions on merit including making appointments … or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits
“Beat-up” was the one word explanation from Councilor John Morrison, in reference to the DomPost report in which he was named as one of the dissenting group. He may be expecting some sympathy from the mayor, because of their common ground on Green issues as evidenced by this comment which he wrote about illegal earthworks on a Khandallah hillside.
And as for his reputation for being pro-roads – last February he surprised many people by stating unequivocally that he does not support a flyover round the Basin Reserve. On this subject, there’s no dissent. He and the new mayor are in complete agreement.