Local Government Success Story – Michael Wood

SetWidth200-Puketapapa-Michael-Wood-booklet-66374DSC4083-AMichael Wood confirmed his reputation as Labour’s Great White Straight Hope in Auckland returning to his own area after getting a pasting in the Botany by-election.

Despite being straight and white and needing a soap box to stand on for anyone to notice him, Michael enhanced his reputation with relentless organising mixed in with a bit of low bastardry.

Voters managed to overcome his school boy looks and diminutive stature, and handed him a resounding victory. Michael overturned C&R’s majority in Puketapapa, and helped re-elect Cathy Casey as a result.  Likely to be the chairman of the local board, and the golden child within the Labour Party.  

Despite being a white middle class male and not taking it up the chokka he is still likely to be selected to stand for Parliament, though there is some talk of getting him to grow a lumberjack beard so he doesn’t look as if he is twelve years old and can sneak into the women’s caucus from the time to time.

History may make life difficult for Michael: has been publicly critical of Sam Lotu-Iinga for holding a council seat after he became a Member of Parliament.  Was equally critical of Jami-Lee Ross for resigning and forcing a by-election upon becoming a Member of Parliament.  Will he commit to serving a full three-year term and pass over a parliamentary nomination? Or will he be labelled a hypocrite as well as Labour’s best practitioner of low bastardry in Auckland?


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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.

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