A Rotorua Lakes Council candidate has fired shots at the council, accusing it of failing to hold its parking provider to account.

Innovative Parking Solutions Ltd, trading as iPark, took over operating the parking system in mid-2018 after changes were signalled in 2017.

Ryan Gray said the provider promised both coin and card payment options in all of its machines but the council said that was only included in the initial proposal and the decision to remove coin payments from some machines was made during contract negotiations.

During the confidential section of a strategy, policy and finance committee meeting on

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