New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Government Politician – Bruce Smith



Bruce Smith, the mayoral aspirant in Westland, has been promising he can fix the Franz Joseph sewerage problem for a lot less than what the council think it will cost.

We decided we had better see whether Bruce was actually able to deliver a solution. To give him the benefit of the doubt he does come up with some numbers. Where he runs into problems, according to the Tipline, is in who does the work.

Apparently Ginger Olson and Durham Havill are running for council, so would likely be conflicted out of being able to vote on any issue on the Franz wastewater plant.

Perhaps Bruce Smith needs to swot up on conflict of interests, or maybe ask his very smart dog Max if he knows about them.


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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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