The deeply divided council has recently been slammed as being made of "petty politicians".
"Behind the scenes it was very ugly."
It's hoped it could be exploited to provide a lucrative industry for the region.
It comes amid conflict between elected council members.
He says he is fortunate to have received an early diagnosis.
He is keeping fit each day by doing laps of the garden.
It follows a $35,000 cash splash to stop in-fighting amongst elected members.
The city council says the best option to limit losses is to tear the building down.
He was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital in a critical condition.