Colin Smith

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Viewpoint – The rural divide

Cleisthenes, an ancient Athenian philosopher, invented the term “democracy” in the 5th century, moving from an aristocratic system (ruling by the elite) to ruling by...

Viewpoint – Add it to the list

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise,” said Michael Jordan, six times MVP National Basketball Association, 14 times NBA...

Viewpoint – History always repeats

In 1215, King John looked wearily over the feudal kingdom of England with exasperation. He had commanded exorbitant taxes and confiscation of land and property...

Viewpoint – More changes needed

Well, the local body elections are due this year and we are into the last year of the three-year Rodney Local Board plan. In 2018,...

Viewpoint – Show us the money

In my 45 years of kicking around local government, I have never seen such high levels of community engagement in local affairs. Now, more than...

Viewpoint – First eight weeks

After being on ratepayer associations and other organisations dealing with councils, it is very different having to understand how the system works. After eight weeks...

Viewpoint – Do you submit?

Ten years into the Supercity and how has it panned out? Unfortunately, Wellsford was slow to get off the mark as people in Wellsford did...

Viewpoint – Supercity scandal

Ten years with the Auckland Supercity model and what has Wellsford got to show for it? Not much. This is despite the hard-working efforts of...

Viewpoint – Cheating on Wellsford

Ten years into the Supercity and not a hell of a lot to show for it. The Wellsford subdivision is the largest rural subdivision in...

Viewpoint – Democracy denied

As a multi-generational resident of Rodney and an elected representative on the Rodney Local Board, I am personally gutted that our residents will once again...