Third term despite the council controversies?
By Alan Tristram
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says she will stand for a third term in the local body elections in October.
There are no obvious rivals in sight right now. But Ms Rowan has been involved in several major controversies in her second term — and several groups are unhappy about the performance of the KCDC.
There was widespread opposition to a $44,000 pay rise for chief executive Pat Dougherty, to budget blowouts on the Paraparaumu Aquatic Centre project, and to the Otaki Main St upgrade.
And the council’s decision to introduce water meters brought widespread dissent; as did its recent move to place new climate change-related shoreline predictions on many beach properties’ Lim reports.