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Saturday, 2 February 2008

NEW AUCKLAND REGIME WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR WAIHEKE

The Royal Commission has three excellent people, and I am sure they will do a good job, but they will not be running the new regime, whatever it is. That will, as always, be the bureaucrats. As Franz Kafka neatly put it: 'After the dust of revolution has settled there arises the slime of a new bureaucracy.'

And the new bureaucracy will certainly not be smaller than Auckland's. It will be another empire, with many of the same people, and therefore the same dominate-the-gulf-islands mentality. The battle against their mindset will continue.

The only way the islands can achieve the separation in administration that they have in geography is to have an administration that is separate physically and mentally from the city-side mainland. That must also mean one that is not big enough to dominate.