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Council report card damns current leadership

4 August 2013
Council report card damns current leadership
Mayoral candidate John Morrison says the release of the end of triennium report card on Wellington City was a damning indictment on the current Mayor’s leadership.
"Wellington needs decisive and inclusive leadership, not the 'hands off the wheel' approach that we've had for the last three years," Morrison said. "Any report card that shows half of residents don't think they get value for money from their council services is alarming.
"And a 6 out of 10 score for overall performance is embarrassing and unacceptable," Morrison said. “The report card draws information from a household survey that has yet to be released by the council. It is understood the survey shows dramatic decline in residents’ satisfaction.”
The experienced Councillor said he agreed with the new chief executive that council needed to be more focussed and that would be the case under his direction.
“Wellington is full of leaders who want an opportunity to get this city moving again. Real leadership is about tapping the huge potential of residents and businesses so they can thrive.
“Because we’ve been grinding to a standstill on several fronts, it has generated a collective will to get the city moving again. Wellingtonians want someone to take the handbrake off, identify the priorities and show decisive leadership in making things happen.”
Morrison said it was the role of the Mayor and Councillors to provide the direction for council officers to follow.
"To get momentum back into the city, my first job will be to deliver the chief executive a 100 days plan and I will then work alongside him and the incoming council to ensure it gets delivered," Mr Morrison said.
“The time has arrived to put the old administration firmly behind us and embrace a more decisive and progressive approach,” he said.


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