21 Mar 2010

Shipley rules out role with Canterbury Regional Council

5:04 pm on 21 March 2010

Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley is ruling out suggestions she is about to take up a role with the troubled Canterbury Regional Council.

Last week, MP for Christchurch Central, Brendon Burns, cited inside sources as saying Dame Jenny was shortly to be announced as the commissioner to oversee the council's water management.

The council is under scrutiny after a report found serious problems with its management of water consents.

However, in a written statement on Sunday, Dame Jenny says she wants to end speculation about her own role.

She says she's already involved with Canterbury water issues as the chairperson of Genesis Energy, which is set to take over responsibility of two power stations at Tekapo.

She says taking on a role with the regional council would present a conflict of interest.