Local Government Success Story – Julie Hardaker

Julie1After a term of dealing with all the fringe looneys, bogans, bludgers and other ratbags on her council and in her city Julie Hardaker won a second term and got rid of the anti fluoride looneys.

Julie is the first Mayor of Hamilton win a second term since Margaret Evans retired in the 1990s. Took over an incompetent fractious council in 2010, and has made it less incompetent by having the patience of a saint. Faced up to an appalling legacy of debt, and has attempted to put the council on a sound financial footing while fighting ratbags all over the place. 

Julie clobbered Whaleoil Dodgiest Local Body Political Nominee Ewan Wilson by nearly 3,000 votes, a remarkable achievement in a city as divided as Hamilton.

This victory gives shows the level of support for sensible, non ratbag mayors in Hamilton. Julie now has the mandate to do a little less consulting and a little more belting opponents with a jack handle if they don’t want to come to a sensible consensus.

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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.