Tauranga City Council has now received the employment investigation report by Graeme Colgan about the role of staff in the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision, however it won’t be publicly released.
“The matters raised are complex and wide-ranging,” says a Council spokesperson.
“It will take time to consider its contents and the advice provided on how best to manage the findings.
“While focusing on staff roles, performance and accountability, the report also recommends a number of actions to address system and process issues, again, we will be carefully working through the recommendations and considering these with the appropriate teams.”
On March 9 2018, the Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council issued a warrant to avoid immediate danger to 21 properties in the Lakes partially built by the liquidated developer, Bella Vista Homes.
In March 2019, an independent report into the Bella Vista development by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) was publicly released. The report was the result of a comprehensive investigation into the way Council handled its statutory role under the Building Act in relation to the failed development at The Lakes.
In March, Mayor Greg Brownless expressed confidence that a number of changes in staff and the organisation would occur as a result of the employment investigation.
"By the end of the process, it will be my expectation that those who have had involvement in the poor performance should be held to account and I've asked my chief executive to look into that,” says Greg.