A cartoon hand flicking an election sign. A dump truck in the corner. Two newspaper excerpts from 2013. Fake news plastered over a quote from a different ad. These were some of the ingredients of an attack ad that ripped into the records of three councillors. Now two of those targeted are hitting back, and the man behind the ad says he wishes it hadn't had to come to this. Then there's the involvement of another candidate. Reporter Samantha Motion delves into a nasty turn in the competition for seats on Tauranga City Council.

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