Tauranga City Council mayor Tenby Powell has resigned after the council voted to bring in a Crown manager after ongoing conflict and dysfunction among elected members.

Powell resigned in a speech to a public meeting today and called for commissioners to replace the council – an option Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has since said she is looking at.

Powell’s announcement was immediately met with booming claps from councillor John Robson.

“I will not stand and review a team report, I…

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