SUMMARY Latham was regarded as busy and having a high work ethic, but that didn’t translate into being an effective councillor. ‘‘A very nice guy, who does what’s required, but he’s not setting the place on fire,’’ said one panelist. ‘‘Somewhat remote,’’ said another. Latham was viewed as able to work comfortably with any colleagues because of his genial manner. First elected: 2007 in the Eastern ward.
Responsibilities: chairman of the community grants subcommittee and the hearings (non RMA) committee.
Total salary: $32,600
Meeting attendance: 97.2%
Social media: 163 Facebook friends (private account). No Twitter. SUMMARY Murrell maintained his consistency as a high scorer, with his straighttalking, no-nonsense attitude lauded by the panel. His chairmanship of Te Komiti was described as firm and fair. He was seen as a ‘‘friend to business’’, but also aware of social issues in his recent attacks on slum landlords. ‘‘A very high work ethic and has common sense, even if he does come across a bit grumpy.’’