The real value of Dyer’s book lies in how thoroughly he has unpicked all the various factors that came together to turn this entirely preventable disaster into an inevitability.
It hasn’t been the normal hardships – central government and lousy weather – that have recently pushed Wellingtonians’ tolerance into the red zone.
For the past nine years, there has been a political culture of absentee government, where almost any regulatory action that involved spending money fell out of favour.
Having belatedly advised Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, local authorities seem to prematurely see light at the end of the tunnel
An interview with Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown