In a split vote this morning, the council has effectively told Mr Maxwell what they think of the bullying he subjected them to over closing it last August and have voted to reopen it!

Maxwell’s usual supporters — the present mayor as well as Crs Buswell, Holborow, McCann and Cootes — sided with him again, but that’s only 5 votes. The other 6 Councilors voted to reopen it.

The motion that was passed:

“That Council approves Option C: To establish a waste minimisation / recycling site in Waikanae as a trial, in partnership with the community, lead by the community and the Community Board, to understand how in the future, these sites could be established across the District.”