14 February 2017
The Mayor of the New Plymouth District Neil Holdom has asked Councillor Murray Chong to apologise for comments made on social media about Maori language.
“I am deeply disappointed by these comments which were made personally by Mr Chong and do not reflect the view of the New Plymouth District Council. I conducted an urgent meeting with Mr Chong today and told him his behaviour is unacceptable. I’m working with Mr Chong to ensure this does not happen again.”
Mr Holdom said the New Plymouth District Council was committed to developing partnerships with Maori in the district and building a stronger, more united community over the coming years.
Mr Chong will apologise and that will conclude the Council’s formal disciplinary process.
Four formal complaints have been received.