Manager quits after teen-sex revelations

By Simon Hendery

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RESIGNED: Pat McIvor stepped down as Sk8Zone manager after questions about his relationship with a 16-year-old patron. Napier City Council said it believed a serious breach of the code of ethics had occurred. PHOTO/FILE
RESIGNED: Pat McIvor stepped down as Sk8Zone manager after questions about his relationship with a 16-year-old patron. Napier City Council said it believed a serious breach of the code of ethics had occurred. PHOTO/FILE

If Sk8Zone manager Pat McIvor had not resigned following revelations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old patron, the Napier City Council says it would have pulled its funding for the you th facility.

Mr McIvor, who had worked for the skate park for 20 years, resigned after the council raised questions about his relationship with the teenager.

The council owns the Sk8Zone facility, on Marine Parade, and contracts the Napier Skating Club to manage it.

During the current financial year the council has granted $16,100 to the club.

Last year it granted the club $15,600 plus an additional $15,000 for new ramps.

The council's community development manager, Antoinette Campbell, said when the council became aware of the relationship, she and chief executive Wayne Jack had met club president Peter Browne and asked him to investigate the situation.

"He was not aware of the incident. While the club subsequently said the relationship was legal and consensual, [the council] did not deem the response acceptable and asked, in a letter, what action the club was going to take," she said.

Mr McIvor had subsequently resigned. He could not be reached for comment yesterday, but has been reported as saying his resignation was a result of a decision to move on after a significant time at Sk8Zone, rather than as a result of concerns about the relationship with the teenager.

Ms Campbell said Mr McIvor's resignation "was a requirement of us continuing our funding of the club".

"As a funder of the Napier Skating Club, we need to be satisfied services are delivered properly and in this case we believed a serious breach of the code of ethics for youth work in New Zealand had occurred," she said.

"[The council] and the Napier Skating Club would like to assure parents and children that the Sk8Zone will continue its operation under a new temporary manager and all steps will be taken to ensure the ongoing safety of our patrons."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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