Fat Tony on fire again

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Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams is on fire again:

By now Hawke’s Bay residents and ratepayers who have enrolled to vote in time will have their local election voting papers, though statistically not many will have yet ticked the boxes and posted their votes back.

From a distance (and relying on the chatter of friends and relatives) it looks like the big issue in Hawke’s Bay is water; whether it’s the Ruataniwha dam, contaminated drinking water in Havelock North or the bottled water giveaway.

I note at least one Regional Council hopeful backing off support for water bottlers at great speed and Hawke’s Bay Today reminding its readers about just who did endorse this giveaway with a not-very-old photograph.

As a political organiser I was involved in many local election campaigns in New Zealand and Australia. Seldom were serious issues like Hawke’s Bay’s water involved in these contests and very often they were just good fun.

 

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Local politicians in other countries often go on to national politics. Boris Johnson, the former Lord Mayor of London and now Foreign Secretary in the Conservative Government of The UK is a recent example.

In New Zealand the trend seems to be the other way.

Former National Party Minister, Warren Cooper went back to the Queenstown mayoralty when he left Parliament and Stevie Chadwick, a Minister in the Clark Government is now Mayor of Rotorua.

This happens because name recognition is a huge advantage in local election campaigns. With large numbers of candidates for Mayor, Councillors, Regional Councillors, Local Boards, District Health Boards and sometimes local trusts, many voters simply tick a name they know regardless of policies or affiliations.

With large numbers of candidates for Mayor, Councillors, Regional Councillors, Local Boards, District Health Boards and sometimes local trusts, many voters simply tick a name they know regardless of policies or affiliations.

With nineteen candidates nominating for the Auckland Mayoralty, Phil Goff, the former Labour Party Leader, is leading in every poll by a very wide margin.

This effect will favour sitting candidates in the Hawke’s Bay elections, but voters should consult the useful little booklet that now comes with the postal voting pack.

This has a thumbnail sketch of each candidate, but most are silent on the Ruataniwha dam issue.

One who is open about his opposition is Paul Bailey, a Napier Candidate for the Regional Council.

An already signalled strategy to tick Paul Bailey and no other in the Napier HBRC poll could tip the balance against the dam.

Watch that space!

Those who support the dodgy socialist dam and the now defunct business plan should be run out of town on a rail.

I suspect that many will lose. Water is a big issue in Hawkes Bay now and anything that remotely looks to increase pollutants in the river systems will be rejected.

 

 

– HB 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.  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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