2 May 2016

Ashburton Mayor cleared over breaching confidentiality claims

4:57 pm on 2 May 2016

The Mayor of Ashburton has been cleared of any wrongdoing over a claim he breached a confidentiality clause on a planned water bottling operation.

NZ Pure Blue has been negotiating with the Ashburton District Council to buy a section that comes with the right to extract water from local aquifers.

Councillors have been prevented from commenting on the deal because of commercial sensitivity, but Mayor Angus McKay was accused of doing just that while addressing a Grey Power meeting last year.

However, according to recently published council information, it's been agreed he did not breach the council's code of conduct, and the matter has been amicably resolved.