COMMENT

The spat between Hastings District mayoral contenders Sandra Hazlehurst and Damon Harvey over the industrial cesspit that is "

" highlights that historic pollution is commonplace – and that councils are mainly reactive, not proactive, when it comes to cleaning up.

Sure, a report identifying the "lake" – really just a pooling of stormwaters – as a problem is "only" a year or so old.

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But you can't tell me some officer wasn't well aware it was a festering problem being quietly overlooked – and probably would still be had not the Havelock North gastro crisis prompted a thorough

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