Featherston leader faces crisis meeting

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz -
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Featherston Community Board chairwoman Lee Carter is facing a no confidence vote. PHOTO/FILE
Featherston Community Board chairwoman Lee Carter is facing a no confidence vote. PHOTO/FILE

Featherston Community Board's chairwoman Lee Carter is to face a vote of no confidence.

An extraordinary meeting has been called for next Monday at 7pm in Kiwi Hall, 62 Bell St.

Mrs Carter said "very little detail" had been released and she was yet to be formally told why the meeting had been called.

"It's pretty much come out of nowhere," she said.

Since the public notice issued by the South Wairarapa District Council appeared in yesterday's Times-Age, Mrs Carter said she had received multiple phone calls, emails and Facebook messages, with people asking what was it all about.

"Your guess is as good as mine," she said.

Mrs Carter, who is in her second term on the board, said she would remain positive about the situation.

"My passion and integrity lie with Featherston and it won't be compromised regardless of the outcome."

She said she was disappointed that the board members driving the meeting had chosen to do it at a time when there was already "a lot of mixed press" about Featherston.

"It couldn't have come at a worse time, Featherston doesn't need this at the moment."

She said Featherston -- the town she grew up in -- had taught her a lot about life and had played a big part in the person she had become.

"I'll always fight for my town and I'll always fight with dignity.

"I'm not going to walk away from my town, that's for sure."

Council chief executive Paul Crimp would not say who called the meeting or why.

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