No censure plans for Coles

Philip Coles

Waipā District Council says it has no further plans to censure Cambridge councillor Philip Coles over a conflict-of-interest breach at a recent committee meeting.

Deputy chief executive Ken Morris said Cr Coles did not vote on the matter during the meeting.

“There is no further action planned other than to use this as an opportunity to further reinforce the importance of the processes in place.”

The council had appropriate processes in place to manage and mitigate conflicts of interest, he said.

“Our elected members are aware of the guidance issued by the Office of the Auditor General and it featured in our beginning of term induction programme with the guide distributed to all elected members, and senior staff from the Auditor General’s office running an interactive session with our members on this topic,” said Morris.

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest told Coles at the committee meeting that he was “getting to a point where it’s lobbying rather than information” while discussing a grant to Destination Cambridge.

Coles chairs Destination Cambridge which was asking for funds to run a movie night at Cambridge Raceway. The event went ahead with more than 300 people attending.

Meanwhile, Cr Coles continues to make or break the news. The councillor credited with revealing the first Covid case in Waipā earlier this year revealed this week Tourism Waikato head Jason Dawson was moving on – and stepped in to help control traffic following a vehicle crash in Cambridge.

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