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Invisibility isn't good enough

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OPINION: Later this year there will be a local government election. You will be asked to vote for the people you want to represent you in councils, local boards, district health boards and, where they exist, licensing trusts.

It would be easy to tick the box against the names you recognise – but that might be a mistake.

Unlike central government MPs, your local government representatives do not, on the whole, feel they need to have transparent and accessible offices in the local area they represent.

Without looking on the internet, try to name your local MP, even if he or she is not your first choice. Now, try to do the same thing for your local ward, local board, DHB, or licensing trust representative.

* Difference between local MPs and local board members
* We expect perfection from leaders when they are imperfect humans

On average, about 40 to 50 per cent of eligible voters actually vote, so it's not surprising most people can't name their local representatives. Yet,........

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