Nor is being Mayor one of your strengths

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‘Juniper’ Bill Dalton is a repeat winner of New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government spending competition, and well known for trying to become the next Andrew Williams.

He also doesn’t know when to shut his gob and stop saying dumb things.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton admits he prefers tinkering with engines to swinging a hammer.

“Doing renovations around the house is not one of my strengths, as my wife would attest,” he says 

But he was taken out of his comfort zone yesterday, wielding a nail gun and performing other building site duties along with a group of Napier City Council staff and councillors who volunteered to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Maraenui.

“I was certainly very useful when it came to handing out lollies,” the mayor said.

Some politicians don’t realise they are better off staying out of the media.

Especially ones who talk about handing out lollies…what is he going to do next buy himself a seedy looking raincoat?


– Hawkes Bay Today

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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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