How Waikato could steal a march on Auckland


If I were a planner or a politician at the Waikato Regional Council I’d be sizing up the opportunity to seize on the ineptitude of Auckland Council.

And I’d do so by announcing plans to rezone more rural land around Pokeno and along SH1 for housing and commercial activities.

Auckland’s pain is someone else’s gain. And at Pokeno the town is expanding so quickly that its hard not to notice. That speaks enormously to the sales potential that it presents. Lots of people, wanting affordable housing that is still within commuting distance from Auckland.   

Waikato shouldn’t worry too much about peeving off it’s friends up the road. It’s all business. It’s rating base and it’s opportunity and it’s jobs and growth in the Waikato region.

Even commercial activities will relocate as they are starting to do. Lack of land and affordable land does that sort of thing.

And a big new town just over the Bombay Hills isn’t a bad thing.

It’s a superb opportunity.

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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.

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