Board make-up lacking

LETTER

I make these observations on the eve of the council’s response to the disturbing remark alleged to have been made by a councillor.

I would have thought that a “board” — as in the council’s code of conduct review board — would have contained more than two members.

I would also have thought that any person appointed as a third “independent” member would have to have no local ties to qualify.

Although a board (by various definitions) can consist of three or more members, many consider that seven is the ideal, while in New Zealand the average membership is 5.7.

In the council’s case, such a board would usually consist of the most experienced councillors.

While not doubting Professor Keiha’s abilities, in this particular situation it surely would have been better to have appointed someone other than a Gisborne-born person with affiliations to Turanga tribes.

I note that once again, the public has had no say in this process before the “board” sat and made its decisions.

Perhaps the matter should have been referred to the Race Relations Commissioner — not that some of the pronouncements from that quarter in recent years have been well received.

It would have been helpful if The Herald had revealed the make-up of the “board”, before it sat, to allow public comment.

Roger Handford

I make these observations on the eve of the council’s response to the disturbing remark alleged to have been made by a councillor.

I would have thought that a “board” — as in the council’s code of conduct review board — would have contained more than two members.

I would also have thought that any person appointed as a third “independent” member would have to have no local ties to qualify.

Although a board (by various definitions) can consist of three or more members, many consider that seven is the ideal, while in New Zealand the average membership is 5.7.

In the council’s case, such a board would usually consist of the most experienced councillors.

While not doubting Professor Keiha’s abilities, in this particular situation it surely would have been better to have appointed someone other than a Gisborne-born person with affiliations to Turanga tribes.

I note that once again, the public has had no say in this process before the “board” sat and made its decisions.

Perhaps the matter should have been referred to the Race Relations Commissioner — not that some of the pronouncements from that quarter in recent years have been well received.

It would have been helpful if The Herald had revealed the make-up of the “board”, before it sat, to allow public comment.

Roger Handford

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