12 May 2023

Gore District councillors planning to squeeze the Mayor out

From Morning Report, 7:13 am on 12 May 2023

Gore District councillors will meet next Tuesday to begin the process of removing their Mayor.

Ben Bell, who is New Zealand's youngest ever Mayor has been asked to resign by the majority of his council but has refused.

Bell won Gore's mayoralty with a razor-thin margin at October's local elections and ever since, the Gore District Council has been rocked by conflict and controversy.

Gore District mayor Ben Bell and councillor Stewart MacDonell

Photo: Otago Daily Times / Sandy Eggleston

To explain the state of play our Otago reporter Timothy Brown spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.