Wellington, March 28 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has called for North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams to stand down after a newspaper alleged he urinated outside a council building after a lengthy drinking session in a bar and then drove home in a council-owned car.
The Sunday Star-Times said one of its reporters followed Mr Williams from a Takapuna bar, where staff say he had been drinking from 4pm on Thursday afternoon until 10pm that night, and saw him urinate outside his council building, before allegedly driving off in his mayoral car.
The newspaper said later that night he sent an email to senior council staff saying he had "utter contempt" for Mr Hide and Housing Minister Maurice Williamson for the "rape and pillage" of the North Shore council.
Mr Williams has been an ardent critic of the creation of the Auckland super council.
The Sunday Star Times said Mr Williams told the paper he could not recall drinking and did not wish to discuss other allegations.
Mr Hide, who has clashed with the North Shore mayor numerous times over policy, said it appeared that Mr Williams was not handling stress very well.
"It's time for him to go," Mr Hide told the Sunday Star-Times.
Mr Williams' wife, Jane, told Radio Live today that Mr Williams would not be resigning and said the Sunday Star-Times story was a beat up.
Mr Williams was in headlines recently for sending texts in the early hours of the morning to Prime Minister John Key.
He said they were expressing his views on the super city but Mr Key labelled them aggressive and obnoxious.