Tauranga councillors postpone discussion of damning report into toxic culture allegations

Six Tauranga City Council members have voted to table a report, which highlighted myriad issues within the group, until Friday.

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The report points to the absence of strategy and "common sense of direction" across council.

Today, the review and observer team addressed the report and provided elected members with a number of recommendations to change behaviour and performance.

But in a shock move, councillor John Robson moved to table the report until the end of the week.

The report was highly critical of the culture and toxic relationships within council.

The report, which highlights "trust" and behaviour issues and a number of code of conduct complaints, also strongly recommended a Crown manager and observer be appointed.

Councillor Steve Morris says there were factual inaccuracies, spelling mistakes and grammar errors in the report.

'A significant break down in trust' - Damning report looks into culture at Tauranga City Council

He seemed somewhat dismayed that elected members were to vote on a report that they'd received the day before.

Those who backed the motion to table the report were John Robson, Andrew Hollis, Dawn Kiddie, Kelvin Clout, Steve Morris and Bill Grainger.

Mayor Tenby Powell, Deputy Mayor Tina Sailsbury, Heidi Hughes and Larry Baldock were against the motion.

Click here to read the full report.