Aucklanders are used to Smith’s “mummy knows best” rants in his role as Housing Minister, as he tried to lay the blame for the Auckland housing crisis on anyone but himself.
He even threatened to sack the whole council and appoint Commissioners to run the local government of a third of the country, if the new Unitary Plan wasn’t to his liking.
An empty threat in reality, given it would have meant the government admitting the Super City structure it had imposed on Aucklanders just a few years before, had failed.
An embarrassing admission that would have been, especially as the Government is now trying to push through a local government amendment bill proposing that major features of the Auckland experiment be imposed across the country in the name of efficiency.
Brian Redman, NZ Herald