This news is a big disappointment for us and will be for many readers, but isn’t particularly surprising, given what’s happened this year: Council Boss Mr Maxwell combined with the present mayor have managed to manipulate the council to get their way, riding roughshod over community wishes on just about everything and we gather that the MartinJenkins ‘whitewash’ report of the whole procedure that both men inappropriately followed to get the unwanted Guru Gateway was the last straw. (This matter is on next week’s council meeting agenda.)

So, as happened in Geoffrey’s case, reformers get bullied out. But it’s not just that — as we’ve seen, the Jacinda government’s negative attitude to local government as demonstrated by ‘3 Waters’ is another big issue. We’ll have more to say on all this.