Hastings councillors have voted to hire an independent investigator to uncover who leaked details of a proposed multi-million dollar water museum to Hawke's Bay Today.

How long the investigation will take remains unclear, though one councillor has suggested it could cost more than $100,000.

A divided council met on Friday morning at an extraordinary public meeting held in the wake of the Water Central details being made public.

Water Central is a proposed 10m high building on the corner of Southampton St East and Hastings St South which would have the purpose of telling the story of water.


It would