The Herald's council-watchers, Bernard Orsman and Simon Wilson, give their ratings on the Auckland councillors standing for re-election in October.

Do they turn up to meetings? Do they go to the workshops and do the reading and learn what they're meant to learn, to be effective decision-makers? Do they stay in touch with their constituents and represent them well, but do they also understand and pursue their larger roles, as governors of the whole city? Do they seek to understand both the neighbourhood and the metropolitan, the town and country, land and sea, the immediate problem and the strategic challenge,

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