Pat Booth retires

Waitakere City Councillor Pat Booth has resigned from the Council due to health reasons. Councillor Booth had been on extended health leave for some time.

Pat is most well known for his role in pressing for the release of Arthur Allan Thomas from jail. He was also editor in chief of Suburban Newspapers Ltd in Auckland up until recently, and still has a regular column in the SNL community newspapers.

Pat was also a commonsense Councillor who tackled things from a practical perspective. I’m sure he wouldn’t have approved $10 million worth of shares on borrowed funds!!

A by-election will be held in April, in which political christmas will have come 18 months early for former left wing Councillor Denise Yates who lost her seat to Pat.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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