Local Government Success Story – Hon. John Carter

While the nation shudders at Len Brown’s antics we should continue our focus on some local body winners who haven’t been running one up a mistress for two years straight.

John Carter is a good bastard…who rinsed Wayne Brown.

He is one of the campaigning legends of the National Party who departed for the Cook Islands in 2011, then returned earlier this year to stand for Mayor of Far North.   

John ‘Hone’ Carter came from local government, knocked over Neil “Blackberry” Austin in a selection challenge in 1987, and held his parliamentary seat every election until retirement.  Totally shameless campaigner who would deliberately leave his lights on at a rugby match so the tannoy would blare out “John Carter You have Left your Lights on” and everyone would know he was there.

Much loved by all who know him, Hone came back from Rarotonga and thrashed high profile incumbent Mayor Wayne Brown by 9513 to 2838 votes.  He will hold that seat as long as he wants it.


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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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