OPINION: Gore's elections are over, with a record low attendance.
Along with that, we found the gold at the end of Solid Energy's rainbow - a mothballed briquette plant.
In my case, the election was simple since the key positions weren't contested. In the one place where I got a vote - tick three out of four - I applied my usual selection process, check the oddballs (in this case women, Maori, young people). Of these, there was a woman so she got my tick. Job done, but should it be so easy?
There had been plenty going on. For a start we had had several years of Solid Energy's manic antics, which had passed completely unmentioned by our council.
No-one said a word even though there were 4000 hectares of good farmland in the balance, rumours of widespread land devaluation (who will buy when the view is a bomb site?) and muttering about conflicts of interest, and so on.
They didn't even have the muscle to score a public visit from the [former] mining CEO Don Elder.
The final word for me from the council was a comment that, since everyone knew all they needed to know about the lignite, there was no need to discuss it.
No proof of that offered so what else do we not need to know? Perhaps that's why people didn't bother to vote.
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