Just before the local body elections, it's time to recap and then move past an unfortunate blip in the history of the Kaipara district.

In 2012, a failure in management and governance combined to see Kaipara landed with the Mangawhai sewerage scheme's financial disaster and the heaviest debt burden per ratepayer of any New Zealand district.

The council stood down and a panel of Government commissioners was installed to manage the fall-out. From 2012, the commissioners would guide and direct the council-less management in one form or another until this week, mere days before the local government elections.

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