8 Jul 2020

Otago Regional Council to vote on chair's fate

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 8 July 2020

The Otago Regional Council will today vote on the fate of chair and former Labour Cabinet minister Marian Hobbs.

Hobbs appears set to be rolled after three-quarters of councillors signed a letter saying they no longer had confidence in her ability to lead the council.

She rose to the chair after former National MP and Whanganui Mayor, Michael Laws, pulled out of the contest and threw his support behind her following last October's elections.

As a result she secured the role by seven votes to five and Laws became deputy chair with the same margin of support.

Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown has spoken to some of the players involved in the attempted coup and Hobbs.

He speaks to Corin Dann.