Kaipara commissioners go to court against ex-ceo & Audit NZ
Kaipara District Council’s commissioners resolved today to take legal action against Government watchdog Audit NZ and against the council’s former chief executive, Jack McKerchar, over the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme.
Mr McKerchar resigned in 2011 with a financial settlement agreed by councillors, who hadn’t at that stage been replaced.
The Mangawhai Ratepayers & Residents Association has appealed against the High Court decision of Justice Paul Heath in its claim against the council over the scheme. That case reached the courtroom only after Parliament had passed a local bill validating illegal action, which greatly reduced the association’s prospects of winning.
Chairman of the commissioners, John Robertson, said the council had decided not to pursue the former mayor & councillors because of the limited chances of success, but had asked the Auditor-general, Lyn Provost (appointed since the Mangawhai events began to unfold), to reconsider her decision not to hold any elected members to account.
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Attribution: Council releases.