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Heard of Peter Haynes?

Me nei­ther un­til re­cently, when the cur­rent chair­man of the Albert-Eden Lo­cal Board an­nounced $6000 of ratepayer cash was go­ing to­wards a com­mu­nity news site be­cause subur­ban news­pa­pers are ‘‘with­er­ing away’’.

Re­ally? This pa­per has about 90,000 read­ers a week. Our sto­ries pub­lished on­line draw hun­dreds of thou­sands of read­ers. Just one of our many videos we posted to so­cial me­dia re­cently was seen by just short of the 10,000 peo­ple who voted for Haynes in the 2016 lo­cal body elec­tion.

We now broad­cast all west lo­cal board meet­ings on our Face­book page, with the lat­est seen by about 1500 peo­ple in a few hours.

Un­like what is pro­posed for Albert-Eden, we do this for the princely sum of noth­ing. Our news­pa­per and pop­u­lar on­line edi­tions are also, that beau­ti­ful word, free. Un­like Mr Haynes, whose salary also costs ratepay­ers. I know what I think is the bet­ter deal.

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