NZs Dodgiest Local Body Politician – Bruce Smith

Word from Westland is that Mayoral Candidate Bruce Smith is out to get a bit of utu on the council staff who did not support him and Durham Havill at the Westland Property Company. Both resigned.

Westland District Property Ltd is in turmoil, with a second resignation in as many days.

Director Durham Havill — the driving force behind the Haast-Hollyford road proposal — announced his resignation on Friday, a day after the company’s general manager Bruce Smith gave notice.

Both cited a lack of support from the Westland District Council as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel.

Mr Havill, who previously chaired the company, said the lack of support from councillors, especially over the road proposal, as well as proposed changes to the structure of council controlled organisations were not good for business.

He said they had been “stymied” in every way they tried to make Westland a better place.

Sources inside the Westland Council offices say that the staff have been filing away many rants from both Bruce Smith and Durham Havill, thinking that if Smith becomes mayor there will be massive payouts to all the council staff who he has publicly criticised.

  • Doc45

    Might pay to dig a bit deeper on this tag. Havill is respected businessman and local body politician. He is on the right side of this issue. He is pro getting things done in a professional and productive way. The issue of extending the road through to the Hollyford from Haast is a sensible development – low impact on the environment and would add a great deal to the tourist industry on the Coast.

    • sarahmw

      Past local body politician but standing again. Quite a divide on the Coast about the road. Should be a lively campaign.

  • Genevieve

    Bruce Smith has an abysmal record as director of well over 100 failed public companies. It is worth doing a search of the Companies Register for Raymond Bruce Smith and his long string of failures. If this is the extent of Smith’s ability to manage private money, he certainly shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the public purse. He plays a particularly awful brand of personality politics and would be incredibly divisive in the role of mayor.