Cunliffe's nightmare

David Cunliffe, inextricably sacked the HBDHB in 2008 in what is still one of the closest held political cover-ups in our history. The locals punished Labour at the election and now, again, they have shown where their confidence lies, and it isn’t with David Cunliffe and Labour.

Six members of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board sacked by the Labour government in 2008 have been re-elected.

Under preliminary results, every member of the previous board who stood for re-election was successful, along with one new member, Kirsten Wise.

The six returned members were Kevin Atkinson, Peter Dunkerley, David Barry, David Davidson, Diana Kirton and Helen Francis.

One of the 2007 board members, David Ritchie, did not restand this year.

Mr Atkinson said the results showed the public had confidence in the board, despite the government dismissal.

“My vote was up 50 per cent from last time. It’s a pretty clear signal that the community has confidence in the incumbents.”

He said it also reflected the confidence shown by the five local councils that had supported unanimously a judicial review into the dismissal.

Cunliffe has never fronted, nor has there been any evidence presented as to why he sacked the board. The most likely scenario for his actions that has been suggested was that he was covering for Anette “Married to the Mob” King’s husband who was involved with some tendering shenanigans.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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