New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician Winner – Murray Douglas

Winner - NZ's Dodgiest Local Body Politician - Murray Douglas

Winner – NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician – Murray Douglas

Local body politics is filled with drunks, thieves and crooks. Most of the candidates are not crooked, but some are so shameless they need outing.

That’s why Hawke’s Bay Regional Council candidate Murray Douglas is Whaleoil’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician of 2013. For those who didn’t see Murray’s nomination earlier in the week here are a few points.

Murray Douglas writes on

I am experienced in local government and business as a former CEO of four councils; Waikato Regional, Dunedin, Moonee Valley (Vic) and finishing as head of Sydney Council. I was CEO and director of Dunedin Holdings a major firm involved in forestry, electricity, transport and tourism.

As I pointed out when the nomination came in Murray Douglas left the two of these councils under a cloud.  

Some forms of dodginess are dodginess by omission. Murray Douglas has not told the full truth here, omitting to mention that he received huge golden handshakes when leaving the Dunedin City Council and the City of Sydney Council in dodgy circumstances.

The articles relating to his dodgy departure from Dunedin and Sydney are here.

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New Zealand needs good people to represent them on their councils.

We do not need people who hide crucial facts about their past in an attempt to win a council seat.

That’s why Murray Douglas has been chosen over the drunks and fraudsters.

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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.