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Simon Wilson: Do you offer Auckland voters a better option?

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There's a councillor in Auckland who is so ill, he can't do his job properly. Another who, to judge from the questions asked, understands almost nothing from the background papers or the discussions. A third who always votes no to everything.

Another votes against every budget measure, even when it brings improvements to his ward, but writes himself up in the local paper as the hero defending local interests. Another is famous for hanging around supermarket car parks at election time and pushing people's trollies to their cars.

Among the local boards, some prioritise their work, make plans, work skilfully with the officers of council, council agencies and utilities, and deliver: new parks, libraries and community centres, roading improvements, better street lighting, business and employment initiatives, youth activities, cultural events.

Others don't even spend their budget. Some are little more than fiefdoms from which petty Pooh-Bahs dispense favours and issue complaints. It's not just that they're negative. They're unambitious for their areas, and ineffectual.

How about we get some better politicians for Auckland? Fancy yourself for the job, or someone you know? There's a council election in October.

You could stand........

© New Zealand Herald