Controversy is surrounding Gore's new mayor.
23-year-old Ben Bell became mayor after beating six-term incumbent Tracy Hicks by only eight votes.
Mr Hicks' sought a recount, but a judge dismissed his bid.
The new mayor's term has been tumultuous with issues over expenses and his desire for his own executive assistant.
A majority of councillors also dispute Mr Bell's choice of deputy mayor, Stewart MacDonell, and are seeking to overturn it.
Mr Bell is currently taking a break and can't be reached for comment.
But Mr MacDonell says he's concerned it all makes the council appear dysfunctional.
RNZ Southern reporter Tim Brown spoke to Māni Dunlop.