No confidence vote passed in Horowhenua mayor

Author
NZ Herald Staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 12:29PM
Horowhenua District Mayor Michael Feyen. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Horowhenua District Mayor Michael Feyen. (Photo / NZ Herald)

No confidence vote passed in Horowhenua mayor

Author
NZ Herald Staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 12:29PM

Horowhenua District councillors have passed a vote of no confidence in their mayor Michael Feyen.

Deputy mayor Wayne Bishop initiated the move against first the term mayor at a meeting of the council this morning.

Bishop said the mayor had continually undermined the council management and in particular its chief executive.

He said the divisive, unprofessional and dishonourable behaviour of the mayor could no longer continue without some form of consequence.

Councillor Ross Campbell was the only one who voted against the move at the Monday morning meeting.

He said many of the accusations against the mayor were not the feeling of the whole community.

A meeting of the Horowhenua District Council descended into chaos and had to be abandoned last Wednesday.

Councillor Barry Judd initially called for a point of order, then left the meeting when it was disallowed. He was followed by Ross Brannigan, who was asked to leave by Feyen, citing abuse, along with other councillors and some council staff.

The meeting was then unable to be continued due to lack of a quorum, and a live stream was immediately cut.

Feyen continued to attempt to read a report on the ructions at the council to the full public gallery, while further unsuccessful efforts to stop him included the turning off of lights and microphones in the chambers.

The extraordinary meeting of council was arranged for Monday morning so the rest of the agenda items could be worked through.

Instead, councillors opted to put the mayor's position to a vote.