NZs Dodgiest Local Body Politician – Bruce Smith

Word from Westland is that Mayoral Candidate Bruce Smith is out to get a bit of utu on the council staff who did not support him and Durham Havill at the Westland Property Company. Both resigned.

Westland District Property Ltd is in turmoil, with a second resignation in as many days.

Director Durham Havill — the driving force behind the Haast-Hollyford road proposal — announced his resignation on Friday, a day after the company’s general manager Bruce Smith gave notice.

Both cited a lack of support from the Westland District Council as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel.

Mr Havill, who previously chaired the company, said the lack of support from councillors, especially over the road proposal, as well as proposed changes to the structure of council controlled organisations were not good for business.

He said they had been “stymied” in every way they tried to make Westland a better place.

Sources inside the Westland Council offices say that the staff have been filing away many rants from both Bruce Smith and Durham Havill, thinking that if Smith becomes mayor there will be massive payouts to all the council staff who he has publicly criticised.


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