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Councillor’s cowardly attack disputes documents

February 19, 2001 For immediate release

The public attack by Councillor Peter McCullough at today’s Waipa District Council meeting is nothing short of cowardly according Stewart McFarlane.

The attack on Mr McFarlane comes following a series of letters to the Te Awamutu Courier over the proposed Te Awamutu Museum, which were kicked off by Mr McFarlane in January.

“The people of the district have got a right to know what is going on,” Mr McFarlane stated. “As a result, McCullough attacks me in public and I had no opportunity to answer my attacker.”

Mr McCullough referred to Mr McFarlane’s newspaper comments as being rubbish; however, this also implies to Council documentation according to Mr McFarlane.

“All my information is derived from Council documentation. Therefore if my comments are ‘rubbish’ then so must be the documents.”

“Mr McCullough states that people have been calling him about the museum and rightly so. I believe Councillors will begin a new chapter in the Waipagate saga of covering up the truth and trying to soft-sell the museum idea to the public now that it is in the arena.”

“It is interesting to note that Mr McCullough’s comments were contradicted by Corporate Services Manager John Mills, who not only echoed my comments but also provided extra information,” Mr McFarlane said.

“If Council can prove the outside funding claim for the Te Awamutu Museum, then we will probably be satisfied that rates will not be affected by the project. We are not against the project itself, we are against rates and debt funding.”

Mr McCullough would be far better off selling the idea to us then shooting the messenger. The problem is that in order to convince us, he would also have to convince the Waipa public,” Mr McFarlane concluded.

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